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A model of norman romanesque architecture

Cerisy-la-Forêt Abbey dates back to the 6th century, when Vigor, one of the first evangelists of the Bessin region and bishop of Bayeux, had a monastery built around the year 510 and dedicated it to Saints Peter and Paul. After it was destroyed during the Viking invasions of the 9th century, a foundation charter was issued in 1032 by Robert the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy, to build a new abbey dedicated to Saint Vigor.

The abbey church dates from the reign of Robert’s son, William the Conqueror, but it was completed only at the end of the 11th century. A major example of Norman Romanesque architecture, it contains all the elements that would serve as a model for the building of a number of churches in England after the Conquest: huge volumes, clarity of the interior, three-level design, and a square lantern tower rising high over the transept. From a later period, the apse, with its three levels of windows, is unique in the world, and despite the destruction of part of the nave in the 19th century, the church retains its exceptional power.

Above the entrance to the abbey, the abbot’s chapel, or Saint Gerbold’s Chapel, is a Gothic building from the late 13th century. Evoking a smaller version of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, it has painted decorations from the 15th century.

Practical InformationAddress : Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Forêt rue Sangles 50 680 Cerisy-la-Forêt
: 02 33 57 34 63
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Unguided tour

Individual visit

€6 adults

4 €schoolchildren and students

Free children - 12 years old

Group visit *

€5 adults

3 € schoolchildren and students

Free children under 12 years old


Guided tour

Individual visit

8 € adults

6 € schoolchildren and students

Free children - 12 years old

Group visit *

7 € adults

5 € schoolchildren and students

Free children under 12 years old



Every day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Monday.

May June July August

Every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Every day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.



Every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and all year round for groups from 10 people on reservation.

Norman Abbeys
Norman Abbeys

Abbayes de Normandie - Route historique
28, rue Raymond Aron
BP 52
76824 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex

+33 (0)2 35 12 41 60
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