The first mention of Graville Abbey was in the 9th century. Considered to be a masterpiece of the Romanesque art in Normandy, the abbey underwent several periods of construction since the 11th century. The church's nave and transept date from the Romanesque period. Guillaume Malet de Graville, who was victorious during the Hastings battle alongside William the Conqueror, as well as his descendants, invested their fortune in preserving the riches of this monument. Today conventual buildings are converted to a museum.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Monika V. (2 years ago)
Diese Anlage aus dem 13. Jahrhundert wurde im 18. Jahrhundert umgebaut. Sie liegt genau wie die "hängenden Gärten" hoch über Le Havre und ist sehr, sehr sehenswert. Alles was man hier sieht ist aus vergangenen Zeiten und sehr interessant und sehenswert.
Isabelle Dufour (3 years ago)
Très beau site avec vue sur tout Le Havre. Top
isabelle girardo (3 years ago)
Chouette rando, mais c'est plus sympa de passer par les jardins suspendus
MARTHE BARRA (3 years ago)
Magnifique. Il y a des visites guidées gratuites très intéressantes. Voir horaires sur le site. Actuellement fermé pour travaux jusqu'au mois de mars 2019
Manuela Beltrando (3 years ago)
Bella abbazia, un po'lontana dal centro, ma si può raggiungere in autobus. C'è da fare un pezzo a piedi con una salita un po' irta, ma merita la visita. Bellissima la vista che si gode del porto e della città di Le Havre
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