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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  • This place is interesting by the tranquility that reigns. Winter and summer, strolling around this Benedictine Mecca is inspiring. The Abbey underwent restorations that the interesting visit. A must see if you're in the area (just at the entrance, there is a good gourmet step that reveals the soul of the Friar Tuck!).
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  • Quiet site lost in the countryside, very well kept in a frame. Worth the drive. One can easily imagine the life of the monks long ago. For children, initiatory circuit using a Tablet, very well done!
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  • 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 »
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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
  • Mystic to see during a full moon or a new moon place. I recommend this tour if you go through Normandy. Enjoy your visit
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  • 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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  • A haven of peace and a lot of things to discover. A beautiful piece of heritage of the handle!
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  • Visit of 2 hours with a passionate guide. Quiet place I recommend to visit
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