Abbaye de Hambye, Hambye

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Hambye abbey is a Benedictine medieval monastery located in the countryside of Normandy. It lies in the valley of Sienne in a rural preserved environment. Today it is on the territory of the municipality of Hambye.HistoryLocated in the Normandy countryside, near from the Mont Saint-Michel, the Abbey of Notre Dame of Hambye was founded around 1145 by William Painel, Lord of Hambye, and Algare, bishop of Coutances . The monastery was established by a group of Benedictine monks from Tiron . Fueled by an ideal of rigor and austerity close to that of Cistercians, Benedictine monks built a sober and elegant abbey, typical of early Gothic period. The construction took place in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The religious community reached its apogee in the 13th century and then, after a long decline over the following centuries, disappeared in the 1780s.Like all French abbeys, it became national property at the beginning of the Revolution. Eventually, the abbey was sold in 1790. The owners transformed or destroyed buildings and scattered the furnishings. Having belonged to the abbey for three centuries, the altarpiece was also sold. The convent buildings became farm buildings. The abbey church was used as a quarry from 1810, and was gradually dismantled.
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  • October 4, 2017
    The atmosphere and location are wonderful; you can just imagine what it once was, which is a shame - but he ruins have a majesty and magic added to by location - worth a bit of a detour  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Ruins in a romantic setting, with a park which lends to meditation. Temporary exhibitions and the restored parts are very interesting and we love to go back regularly, even if sometimes we don't have anyone to discover this wonderful set.
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  • September 28, 2017
    A peaceful place bathed in history with beautiful views, the site is well maintained, the work done are superb. A historical walk...
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  • June 1, 2016
    We have been there a week ago. We are really thankful to Aurora! She guided us through this beautiful place, with much patience and in a very didactic way. Fantastic and unforgetable experience! Xavier and Esther, from Barcelona MAY2016
  • August 20, 2017
    The place is beautiful, quiet, but not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with very limited mobility. They can not see and discover all of the place. That's too bad.
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  • August 22, 2017
    Visit of 2 hours with a passionate guide. Quiet place I recommend to visit
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  • August 13, 2017
    A haven of peace and a lot of things to discover. A beautiful piece of heritage of the handle!
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  • July 5, 2017
    A beautiful place to see without hesitation. You can choose to visit and tour the Abbey founded in 1145 will make you travel through time. Around the Abbey of Hambye, a few hiking trails, you will continue the day.
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