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A double vow

Between Bolbec and Lillebonne, a tower of stone, vestiges of the old enclosure wall, signals the presence of a vast estate. Far to the back, one can see the classical architecture of the conventual buildings, which include several mediaeval rooms.

Le Valasse Abbey was founded after a double vow was made: in the 12th century, as his ship was sinking during his return from the Crusades, Waleran, Count of Meulan, swore to God that he would build an abbey if spared. Matilda, mother of Henry II of England, made a similar vow when under siege by French troops at Oxford. The Cistercian abbey was completely demolished after the French Revolution, and the estate was purchased by a shipbuilder, who transformed the remaining buildings into a shipbuilding plant, which later became an industrial dairy.

Today, the federated towns of Caux-Vallée-de-Seine have completed major renovation work and are seeking to bring the huge estate back to life by attracting visitors for cultural activities and entertainment, as well as companies looking for high-quality locations for meetings and receptions.

More than 80,000 visitors enjoy this architectural pearl in all seasons in its green setting, whose bicentenary trees have been awarded the “Remarkable Trees” label. During a walk, let yourself be caught up in the serenity of the place. Take a break at the La Laiterie tea room to taste our quiches or jars formulas or simply drink a coffee or a tea. Also take advantage of the shop with its local products and local crafts.

Practical InformationAddress : Abbaye du Valasse route de l’abbaye 76210 Gruchet-le-Valasse
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Open all year round. Free entrance.
Free flyer in english to discover the abbey.

Abbaye du Valasse
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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