Fontaine-Guérard Abbey

Radepont, France

At the beginning of the 12th century, there was a simple priory on the site of current abbey. Around 1190, Robert, Earl of Leicester founded the Abbey of Fontaine-Guérard. The nuns joined the order of Cîteaux in 1207 as Daughter-abbey of Clairvaux, but did not receive Abbey status until 1253. By this date, the buildings we see here were complete; the church was consecrated in 1218. Sold for the “national good”, the abbey was then converted as a cotton mill, and then bequeathed in 1937 to the Salvation Army, whose Foundation even now manages the abbey and its restoration.

Fontaine-Guérard Abbey is considered by specialists as one of the finest examples of the Norman Gothic style, the rigor which takes its Cistercian purity. You will discover the nuns' building (chapter house, workroom, and dormitory) and its superb structure, the church, the original chapel modified at the 15th century and the surprising cave cellar. The gardens, including the medicinal one, are currently being restored. Throughout the tourist season, exhibitions and various workshops take place in these building classified “Historic Monument”, offering you exceptional enjoyment.



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Founded: 1190
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)


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Françoise Moussat (8 months ago)
The ruins of the abbey, nestled in the Andelle valley, are especially worthy of their rural setting. The former dormitory is fitted out to receive the public and host cultural events.
Caspar van der Poel (9 months ago)
Very beautiful ruins of an abbey, where you can look around at your leisure and enjoy peace, lots of greenery and of course the abbey.
Daniil Daniil (14 months ago)
Good location. Unfortunately, very small territory.
Boris Cansell (2 years ago)
Super lieu. Reposant, énigmatique et historique. Nous avons fait un super escape game dans cette abbaye.
ANTOINE_20 DOURNEL (2 years ago)
A place full of positive energy. Whatever the weather, we are immersed in time and it feels good in these uncertain times. The gardens are a nice surprise of realization especially for for the four elements.
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