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Abbey of Hambye

Route de l'Abbaye 50450 Hambye


Phone : +33 02 33 61 76 92

Fax : 02 33 61 99 91

musee.hambye@manche.fr


www.patrimoine.manche.fr/abbaye-hambye-N.asp


A spiritual place in a green valley.

In the XII century, Guillaume Paynel founded Hambye Abbey in a valley along the banks of the river Sienne. The Abbey knew great prosperity until the 14th century and the community became extinct some years before the Revolution. Partly dismantled in the XIX century, the abbey was saved starting in 1956 thanks to the intervention of the Beck family, then the Council for La Manche. This short collaboration allows, today the presentation of one of the most complete groups of monastic buildings in Basse-Normandy. The monastery belongs to the style of transition where the roman rooms like the parlour and the scriptorium encircle the beautiful "capitulaire" room, the best of Norman gothic. The abbatial stands today open to the sky, giving the edifice the charm and atmosphere of romantic ruins. The grounds of the domain however are open to promenades thanks to a network of pathways.


Exhibitions 2015

Toiles de Hambye a popular art little-known in the XIX century.

This permanent exhibition highlights the local crafts practiced here. In the first half of the XIX century, the manufacture of painted canvas was developed in Hambye and Gavray . These paintings are made to decorate the walls of the alcoves and beds to bring a touch of colour and gaiety to the Manche interiors. This original production knew a certain success from 1820 to 1850. Rescued from oblivion by a few enthusiasts, today it is a recognised departmental collection of folk art paintings composed of twelve Hambye paintings presented as works of fine art. The exhibition allows us to understand the role of these paintings as protection and decoration of bed alcoves. Many objects and a rich iconography show the influence of folk art in their Norman graphic composition.

Info :
- Visit : At your leisure with a paper guide (in GB,D, NL, DK, SP, I) or a fixed hour guided visit
- Expected duration of the visit : 1h to 1h30
- Expected duration of the guided visit for groups : 1h30
- Welcome groups : Yes, from 10 people, by reservation, between 15 January and 15 December
- Shop / Souvenirs : Yes
- Modes of payment : cash, cheque and credit cards.
- Gold-leaf workshops, stone masonry, concerts, nature outings, conferences, themed promenades animate the abbey every year.

Tariffs :
- Adults : 5 €
- Children : 2 € from 7 to 18 years (free for children up to 7 years of age)
- Reduced tariff : 4€
- Students, unemployed : 3,20 €
- Groups welcome by reservation, from 10 people: adult 3,20 € children (7 to 18 years) : 2 €.

Opening hours:
From April to June and September 10 am-12 am / 2 pm -6 pm 
July and August 10 am / 6 pm 
Halloween holidays 10 am-12 am  / 2 pm-5 pm
Closed Tuesdays except July and August
Closed on May 1
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