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At the exit of the village of Longues-sur-mer, the old Saint Marie Abbey, built in the 12th century, is hidden along the small road leading to Bayeux. At first glance, visitors cannot imagine its importance or splendour. Past the first courtyard, surrounded by the abbey lodge, where the noble pediment bears witness to the remodelling conducted in the 18th century, we discover the extensive remains of the church, whose choir presents an elegant Gothic structure, and a décor resembling that of Bayeux Cathedral. An exceptional collection of varnished paving stones comes from the church, as well as three rare flat ceramic  tombstones.

A series of gardens below the church offer a charming walk to the monk’s quarters, along the southern border of the estate. Close by, a large medieval building stands, called the monks’ refectory, but whose use was surely reserved for the Abbot and his guests. It houses interesting murals from the 14th century, as well as curious graffiti depicting religious objects.

Since the 1930s, the abbey has had a succession of owners, all passionate about its conservation and enhancement. The current family in charge of the place is deploying all their efforts to make Longues Abbey known and loved, with the help of an association made up of village inhabitants. A comfortable, spacious bed-and-breakfast may be rented by the week for up to 10 people. A programme of events will mark the 850th anniversary of the abbey in 2018, culminating the week of August 15th and the feast of the Assumption, see the events planned on the agenda. .

Practical InformationAddress : 17 rue de l'Abbaye 14400 Longues-sur-mer
: +33(0)2 31 21 78 41
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Admission: 5€/pax.
Free for people under 18
Group rate : 4€/pax  (10 people minimum).


The exterior of the abbey, the refectory of the monks and the garden are open to the visit from mid-April to mid-September, every day except Sunday and Monday from 2:00 pm to

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Norman Abbeys
Norman Abbeys

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

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