Montmajour is the oldest abbey in Provence, France. Its construction started long ago in the year 948. When the mighty Roman Empire collapsed, these southern lands passed to the French Crown, and warriors and monks came to settle here.
Eight hundred years later, the last abbot of Montmajour became Cardinal de Rohan, infamous for his participation in the Queen Marie Antoinette necklace affair. This almost detective story accelerated the beginning of disorder and the further collapse of the monarchy in France. However, let’s start with the abbey, and then we’ll tell the story of the famous and vanished-without-a-trace necklace that allowed Alexandre Dumas to write his novel, “The Queen’s Necklace.”