Normandy



Located in Normandy halfway between Etretat and Honfleur, an extraordinary site awaits you: Abbey Harfleur!

At the heart of the city, the MONTIVILLIERS ABBEY historical monument, welcomes its visitors in a fully restored.
Founded in the 7th century by St Philibert Abbey Harfleur housed a community of Benedictine nuns until the Revolution. Eventually the buildings were assigned to different uses: Garrison Brewery and residential apartments. Thus, the monastery buildings, the oldest dating from the 11th century have been preserved and a site for tourism and cultural emerged: the MONTIVILLIERS ABBEY.
Since July 2000, the site offers a unique interactive exhibition "Heart of Abbeys" that will interest young and old. Guided by the most modern audiovisual techniques, you wander through the cloister, the chapter house, dormitory and discover the religious life marked by prayer, reading and daily work.
The journey continues in the dormitory of the 16th century where models and audiovisual presentation will reveal the beauty of the Norman abbeys.
Your tour concludes with a visit to the prestigious Gothic refectory welcoming place for temporary exhibitions open access.

Also enjoy WALK THE ABBEY, audio-guided walking tour (child or adult version) to discover the old town of Harfleur: the Church of St. Saviour - former abbey church - or the Romanesque and Gothic styles face the narrow winding streets with their houses timbered facade, the Hallettes, Hotel-Dieu, the temple, the remains of fortifications and a little off a remarkable cemetery of the 15th century: the maestro of Brisgaret.

All tours are available in several languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch news in 2009.
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