Bernay Abbey Church

Bernay, France

Bernay Abbey (Notre-Dame de Bernay) was established in the first decade of the 11th century by Judith of Brittany who devoted part of the marriage settlement from her husband, Richard II, Duke of Normandy, to its construction. The latter entrusted the completion of the abbey to the Italian, William of Volpiano (died 1028), who reformed the monastery of Fécamp to which he had been called in 1001. After a period of delay in the work, the completion was made by Vital of Creully (appointed in c. 1060, died 1082), the first abbot of the abbey.

The apse was rebuilt in Gothic style in the 15th century and new west facade was added in the 17th century. During the Revolution the church was badly damaged and partially destroyed. The restoration began in 1963.

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

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linnea smedler (15 months ago)
Très joli
Indeewara Jayawardane (15 months ago)
An absolute gem.
Marie Roquefort (2 years ago)
Très jolie bâtisse. Extraordinaire pour les concerts ou expositions
Cécile Francois (2 years ago)
Lieu magnifique mais belle arnaque car si en effet elle est monument historique (gratuite), pour y accéder il faut demander la clé au musée des Beaux-Arts, et donc payer un billet couplé avec le musée (pour lequel on est pas forcément intéressé, comme c'était mon cas). De plus pas d'information sur son histoire avant la révolution. Bien dommage de finir la visite de cette jolie ville ainsi
Sylvie Barre (2 years ago)
Très beau lieu profane. Froid l'hiver mais l'été super agréable à visiter quand il fait chaud
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