Cornilly Abbey Ruins

Contres, France

Hervé de Donzy, the Lord of Saint Aignan established Cornilly Abbey in the 11th century. It was authorized by Pope Urbanus II in 1091. The abbey grew rapidly, but in the 1357 it was destroyed by English Black Prince troops during the Hundred Years' War. Monks rebuilt the abbey, but it was again destroyed by religious fanatics in 1562. It was not rebuilt again and in the Revolution (1789) it was moved as a national property. Today impressive ruins remain, including parts of the 13th century church, western portal and choir. The Cornilly Abbey site is privately owned.

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