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Both grand and calm

The abbey church of Hambye is a strange and beautiful ruin: one feels both awe and anxiety, undoubtedly because of the narrowness of the nave and the dark walls which give the illusion of vertiginous height. While decorations are almost absent, with the exception of a powerful hunting scene on a transept capital and the plant-themed capitals of the choir, there is still a great deal of elegance in this construction from the early Gothic period.

A more familiar atmosphere envelops the whole of the site, which is planted with fruit trees. The long-gone galleries of the cloisters have ceded their place to a lovely landscaped space surrounded by the conventual buildings, which have been well-preserved by the family that owns this part of the estate. It is a joy to spend some time in the chapter house, a Gothic masterpiece whose vault rests on thin columns and which has retained some traces of warm-coloured frescoes, including a large fragment depicting Christ washing the Apostles’ feet.

One should not leave the abbey without visiting Hambye’s fine collection of painted cloth, a unique form of popular art that is of particular interest thanks to stylised motifs and lively colours.

 

Practical InformationAddress : Abbaye de Hambye 50 450 Hambye
: 02 33 61 76 92
: 02 33 61 99 91
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opening

From June 16 to August 31 2020:

Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Monday.

From September 1, resumption of the usual hours:
Every day except Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

October outside school holidays : from Wednesday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Autumn holidays, from October 17 to November 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Abbaye Notre-Dame - Hambye
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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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