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Healing water

Not far from the forest of Lyons, in the valley of the Andelle, a lively and undisciplined river, the landscape has retained the feel of wilderness. Here, water is master, submerging the neighbouring fields for part of the year, and permanently surrounding the old spinning mill which not far from the abbey rises, like a mirage, with its curious neo-mediaeval towers high above the foliage.

It is in this enchanting, remote setting, reputed for its miraculous fountain, that a community of Benedictine nuns decided to settle in the 12th century, before transferring to the Cistercian order the following century. The buildings that have been handed down to us are in a very pure Gothic style, characteristic of Anglo-Norman architecture, and they evoke more the simplicity of country life, rather than the austerity and demands of strict observance.

While the church was destroyed in part, the conventual buildings still offer lovely spaces that are open to the surrounding landscape: the dormitory, with its roof in the form of a ship’s hull, has as many windows as nuns’ cells; the chapter house, with its fine columns, offers a haven for meditation; and the ogival vaults of the work room seem still to resonate with the sounds of nuns hard at work with their sewing and embroidery.

 

Practical InformationAddress : Abbaye de Fontaine-Guérard 27380 Radepont
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Prices
Inclunding : abbey, troglodyte cellar, chapter house, work room (workhouse), nuns' dormitory) and the monastic sculpture gardens.
Prices valid excluding entertainment and shows
Individuals (Without guided tours): Full price: € 6.00;Reduced price: € 4.50 on presentation of proof (disabled, students 18-25 years old, employment center)
Child rate: € 3.50 (7 to 17 years old), free game booklet for a fun visit (7 to 12 years old)
Family package: € 17.00 (both parents and their children) Free: under 7 years old.
Groups (from 10 people) possibility all year round by reservation (guided and school visits)
Self-guided tour: € 5.00 per person (on days and hours open to the individual public).
Guided tour: € 7.00 per person (from 10 people or minimum package € 70.00) 1 free entry for 20 paying people (guide, driver).
Schoolchildren: € 80.00 per class (guided tour and educational trail with a treasure hunt and answers to puzzles).
opening

Season 2021:

from Saturday April 24 to Sunday October 03

• April 24 and 25 from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm ("Salon des Métiers d'Art")

• from May 1 to 16 every day + Whit Monday: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

• June 05 and 06 from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm (“Medieval of Fontaine-Guérard”)

• closed from June 07 to July 18

• July 19 to August 27 daily: 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (closed on: August 21-22)

• September: Fridays 3-10-24 and Heritage Days (18 and 19): 2 pm-6pm

• October 1, 02 and 03 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm: "Basketry workshops" (by reservation)

 

 

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Norman Abbeys
Norman Abbeys

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

+33 (0)2 35 12 41 60
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