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Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (French pronunciation: ​), just beyond the outskirts of early medieval Paris, was the burial place of Merovingian kings of Neustria. At that time, the Left Bank of Paris was prone to flooding from the Seine, so much of the land could not be built upon and the Abbey stood in the middle of meadows, or prés in French, thereby explaining its appellation.