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The rebirth of an endangered monument

In 2009, La Lucerne Abbey, an old Premonstratensian monastery, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its spiritual and architectural renaissance. This restoration is a wonderful story, thanks to the will of a man with a passion, Abbé Lélegard, who saved this magnificent site from ruin by purchasing it in 1959. His work continues to this day via the Fondation Abbaye de la Lucerne d’Outremer (Overseas La Lucerne Abbey Foundation).

Now artfully restored and even in large part rebuilt, the entire estate is characterised by rare harmony. The 12th century layout has been changed little, if at all, during the major restorations that have marked its history. The abbey church has a transitional style – it is Romanesque in its proportions and its sturdy tower, but shows hints of the Gothic in the design of its openings and the huge glass window of the chevet, which is characteristic of mediaeval Premonstratensian architecture. It is home to interesting collections, including beautiful recumbent statues from the 12th and 13th centuries and a curious gilded wood lectern decorated with a pelican.

A special charm emanates from all parts of the estate, whether one is in the cloisters, with their sober plantings, in the cellar draped in golden light, or in the dovecote, with its curious contours.

 

Practical InformationAddress : Fondation Abbaye de la Lucerne d'Outremer 50320 La Lucerne-d'Outremer
: Accueil : 02 33 60 58 98 Bureau : 02 33 48 83 56
: 02 33 60 16 52
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From MARCH 31st to SEPTEMBER 30th 2018: 10h-12h // 14h-18h30
every day except the morning of Sundays and religious holidays
(Mass at 11 am on religious holidays and Sundays in July and August).

From 20 OCTOBER to 04 NOVEMBER 2018: 10h-12h and from 14h-17h
every day except the morning of Sundays and religious holidays
(Mass at 11 am on religious holidays).

From the 22nd to the 31st of DECEMBER 2018: 10h-12h and from 14h-17h
every day except Sunday morning and December 25 all day.

Groups are welcome all the year only on reservation, except the 1st of January and the 25th of December.

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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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