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Abbaye de Hambye, Hambye

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4.8/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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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  • Few visitors. Low entry price. Imposing church is in ruins. Other well restored buildings, but many lack. The visitor both precise and concise guide.
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  • Small Abbey nestled at the bottom of a small valley. The association of backup of this Abbey has done a remarkable job. The buildings are well maintained as green spaces. The life of the Abbey and its monks is well explained and we're having a very nice time away from the crowds.
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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
  • 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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