Abbaye de Saint-Maurice
In 515, the king of the Burgundians, Sigismond, founded the Abbey: he set up five groups of monks to whom he entrusted the liturgy of the perpetual praise of God (laus perennis), in memory of the holy martyrs. The Abbey, richly equipped, was to enjoy very great pontifical privileges. In the 9thcentury, the canons succeeded to the monks; while adopting in 1128 the Rule of Saint Augustin, they became Canons Regular. The Abbey of Saint-Maurice is a “territorial Abbey” today. Like a diocesan bishop, its Abbot wields his jurisdiction over the territory belonging to the Abbey.