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 Hidden treasures

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. When one enters the first courtyard, surrounded by the abbey lodge, the noble pediment bears witness to the reconstruction conducted in the 18th century. You can then view the extensive remains of the church, the elegant Gothic structure of the choir, and a décor resembling that of Bayeux Cathedral. An exceptional collection of varnished paving stones excavated from the church are on display, 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. Nearby, a large medieval building stands that is known as the monks’ refectory but whose use was probably reserved for the Abbot and his guests. It houses interesting murals from the 14th century, as well as curious graffiti depicting religious objects. An Annunciation scene can be seen in what was the abbot’s oratory. An exceptional collection of tombstones and glazed tiles is on display.

Since the 1930s, the abbey has had a succession of owners, all passionate about its conservation and enhancement. The current owners  deploying all their efforts to make Longues Abbey known and loved, with the help of an association made up of village inhabitants.

A comfortable and spacious cottage can be rented by the week for up to 10 people. A schedule of historical, cultural, and musical events are organized during the high season. In 2019, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy, the abbey will be the site of a replica military hospital from the era (open June 3-7).  Other events commemorating the 75th anniversary will be updated 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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Prices

Admission: 5€/pax.
Free for people under 18
Group rate : 4€/pax  (10 people minimum).

opening

The exterior of the abbey, the monk’s refectory,  and the gardens are open to  visitors from May to July, every day except Sunday and Monday, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m

To book in advance : https://patrivia.net/visit/abbaye-de-longues

Join the association of friends : https://www.helloasso.com/associations/association-des-amis-de-la-abbaye-de-longues-et-de-ses-jardins

Accommodation in the abbey  : www.bayeux-gite.com

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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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