L'Abbaye de Bellelay. Photo/Foto: TES.

Abbey of Bellelay

The Premonstratensian abbey of Bellelay, a small town in the Petit Val in Canton Jura, is known for the water system. Premonstratensian monks built a canal and fish ponds in the thirteenth century.

The Prince-Bishop of Basel, Ortlieb von Frohburg (unknown-1164) founded the abbey around 1140. French troops destroyed the abbey in 1797.

A particular point of interest is the distribution of the abbey’s ancient territory after the creation of the canton of Jura in 1979.  One part of the territory lies in the canton of Bern, the other part in the Jura.

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