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Healing water

Not far from the forest of Lyons, in the valley of the Andelle, a lively and undisciplined river, the landscape has retained the feel of wilderness. Here, water is master, submerging the neighbouring fields for part of the year, and permanently surrounding the old spinning mill which not far from the abbey rises, like a mirage, with its curious neo-mediaeval towers high above the foliage.

It is in this enchanting, remote setting, reputed for its miraculous fountain, that a community of Benedictine nuns decided to settle in the 12th century, before transferring to the Cistercian order the following century. The buildings that have been handed down to us are in a very pure Gothic style, characteristic of Anglo-Norman architecture, and they evoke more the simplicity of country life, rather than the austerity and demands of strict observance.

While the church was destroyed in part, the conventual buildings still offer lovely spaces that are open to the surrounding landscape: the dormitory, with its roof in the form of a ship’s hull, has as many windows as nuns’ cells; the chapter house, with its fine columns, offers a haven for meditation; and the ogival vaults of the work room seem still to resonate with the sounds of nuns hard at work with their sewing and embroidery.

 

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Prices
Individuals (free visit):Full price: 5,00 €;

Reduced price : 4,00 € on presentation of a proof (Disabled, 18-25 year olds, unemployed)

Children rate : 3,00 € (from 7 to 17 years), booklet game offered for a playful visit (7 to 12 years)

Family package : 15,00 € (both parents and their children)

Free : under 7 years old.

Groups (from 15 people)

Free visit : 4,00 € per person (days and hours open to the public).

Guided tour : 6,00 € per person (from 15 people or minimum package 90,00 €)

1 free entrance for 20 paying persons (guide, chauffeur).

 

Prices valid excluding animations and concerts

opening

Season 2018 from Sunday, April 29 to Sunday, September 30:

- From April 29th to June 24th, open from 2pm to 6pm: Sundays, public holidays and Ascension Bridge

- Closed from June 25th to July 8th.

- From 09 July to 31 August open every day from 2p.m to 6:30p.m (exceptional closure on 18 and 19 August).

- From 02 September to 30 September open from 2.00 p.m to 6 p.m: Sundays and Heritage Days and 29 September.

Groups (from 15 people), possibility to visit all year on reservation.

 

Location
 
Norman Abbeys
Norman Abbeys

Abbayes Normandes - Route historique
6, rue des Vipères d'Or
CS70060
76420 Bihorel
France

+33 (0)2 35 12 41 60
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