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.
Located 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 medieval partly ruined abbey is worth a visit. A lot of it is still in tact. There are excellent video/tablets positioned around that will give a 360 degree view of how it used to look nearly....  more »
  • Beautiful abbey ruins. Many rooms still intact, including the apple press and grain grinding wheel, worship rooms, dorms, and more. Lovely exhibit above the gift shop shows the dorm bed...  more »
  • You have here a very nice fly fishing no kill zone of 2 km before and after the bridge. You can go in the river with waders... Enjoy
  • Very nice place... A great night visit!
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