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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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  • This Abbey is really interesting despite the fact that the Church is partially destroyed, as well as the cloister. The rooms are very well renovated and many explanations make the informative tour on the creation of this Abbey, the Organization of the Abbey at its peak and the gradual decline of the Abbey. The testimony of the last owner and its investment to carry out renovation works are poignant.
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  • We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours visiting the Abbey. The staff in the ticket office/bookshop were very friendly and helpful. The architecture is very impressive and the printed guide you rece...  more »
  • The Abbey open sky is impressive. Each stone evokes the life of the monks with explanatory panels or a guided tour in a bucolic setting. We loved the cider press and the Chapter Hall (riddle to the key). Interesting temporary exhibition on the sculpture. Shop with the abbeys, medieval herbal books and a few regional products. 4 circuits of hiking to discover the surroundings and nearby streams.
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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
  • 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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  • Historical monument of the Cotentin, a superb Abbey, now calm, it delves into the life of the monastery.
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  • Grandeur of the scene. Beautiful site
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  • exceptional site!
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