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An unexpected haven of peace.

Just a short distance from Pont-de-l’Arche, the abbey is tucked on the banks of the Seine, in a place where once there were just trees and marshes. Once through the gate, the noise of the world is forgotten in the shadows of the large tree-lined park. According to legend, Richard the Lionhearted took refuge here after almost drowning during a hunt. Hence, the name of “bon port”, or “good port”.

This English king founded the abbey in the late 12th century, bringing in Cistercian monks from Le Val Abbey. The Kings of France would later confirm its properties and its privileges. The abbey was not spared the effects of the rivalry between the two clans during the Hundred Years’ War, but it was only when the monks left and the site was sold after the French Revolution that the abbey fell into ruin. Neither the church nor the cloisters survived. However, two wings of the conventual buildings remain as powerful and elegant reminders of the spirit of Cîteaux, in the harmonious proportions of the Gothic refectory, in the sacristy, which retains traces of frescoes, on the thin columns of the window openings in the chapter house and in the sober cellar. The large dormitory space, transformed in the 18th century into a library and cells for the monks, still evokes the life of a monastery.

Practical InformationAddress : Abbaye Notre-Dame de Bonport 27 340 Pont-de-l'Arche
: 02 35 02 19 42
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Open 1 April to 30 September on Sundays and holidays from 2:00pm to 6:30 p.m.
In July and August, open daily, except Saturdays, from 2:00 pm to 6:30 p.m.

Abbaye de Bonport
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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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