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The rebirth of an abbey

Its name evokes its origins: its foundation by the knight Herluin, or Hellouin, on the banks of the Bec (bekkr, or stream, of Scandinavian origin) in the early 11th century. Very quickly, the intellectual influence of Bec Abbey spread, thanks to Lanfranc and Saint Anselm, both of whom later became Archbishop of Canterbury. After the French Revolution, it became a horse stable for the army. Since 1948, monastic life has returned, thanks to a community of Olivetan Benedictine monks, who in an ecumenical spirit reach out to representatives from other faiths.

The walk down to this small valley is truly delightful, with the Saint Nicholas Tower rising above and seeming to protect the small village tucked next to the abbey. One can stroll under the large trees, amid the ruins of the old abbey church, or browse through the shop, looking at the ceramics made by the monks. But it is even better to join a guided tour led by one of the monks in order to see and understand the abbey better.

Of particular note, along the banks of the Bec, are two Maurist buildings, the dormitory and the refectory, the latter of which is now the church and contains Herluin’s tomb. In the Regency style, their sober façades are animated by sculpted pediments and cartouches.

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Free admission to the park and the abbey.

The rest of the abbey can only be discovered on guided tours, price: €6/person.


Front yard in free access every day.
Guided tours every weekday except tuesday at 10:30am, 3pm, 4pm (and 5pm from June to September).
Guided tours on Sundays and bank holidays at 12am, 3pm and 4pm.
Masses : Matins at 7:00 a.m. mass at 11:45 a.m. (10:30 a.m.on sundays and holidays), Vespers at 6:00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. on saturdays and 5:00 p.m. on sundays and holidays), Vigils on saturdays at 8:30 p.m.

Abbaye Notre-Dame du Bec
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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