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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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  • I visited the Abbey on the occasion of the 2016 heritage days. I immediately headed toward the huge Abbey Church but in ruins. The building is still standing and surprises by its height. I took the time to observe the buildings but also to read the many information on the panels as well as in two dedicated rooms that adjoin the Church (remnants and a superb model that makes... cool light for children... and for big kids like me). I visited the annex buildings and I arrived in the orchard. I admired the buildings of this place... wow! Remember to take a look at the towering trees lining the ru which passes near the garden. General impressions: very nice place, quiet and a very complete guide is provided to visitors (in french or English). Low rate, worth a visit!
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  • Hambye Abbey, (around here we say "Hambye") is somewhat the charm of many English churches partially destroyed by the weather or the wars of religion of which the ruins are enhanced by lawns. Stones and greenery. Charm. The Abbey of Hambye get there quietly by the small road coming from Percy that descends through a wood. Discovered in the trees. It's a total beauty. Even totally atheist can only think about the pilgrims arriving on foot, harassed, who had to sigh of comfort in discovering this haven of peace, centuries ago. I never get tired of this view who has virtues of discovery that I've had him watched by dozens of times. Then, the visit is interesting, of course. For the curious red painted backdrops of Hambye. And for the architecture of course. But true happiness is in the General view in the case of the abundant greenery.
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  • If you are on the way back of the Mont St Michel, this is definitely a must. Stunning Abbey from 1145, impressive sight and share beautifully restored.
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  • 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
  • Informative visit with guide, enchanting.
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  • Calm, serenity; beauty of the ruins. Superb monastic buildings.
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  • Beautiful nice walks
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  • Beautiful!
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