Saint-Gabriel Priory

Saint-Gabriel-Brécy, France

The Priory of Saint-Gabriel (Prieuré de Saint-Gabriel) was founded in 1058 to serve the ambitions of the Count of Creully and to stretch the prestige of Fécamp Abbey. The monastery was closed down in 1674 sold to State after Revolution. The priory comprises an entrance porch, a former refectory, a tower and a court room. Today it houses the horticulture and landscaped gardening school and boasts a rose garden, a pathway lined with fruit trees and medicinal garden.



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Founded: 1058
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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M Barnes (8 months ago)
The place is beautiful. However we were very rudely reprimanded by a older female tour guide who barred us entry to a public church because she was conducting a « private tour ». Go for the beauty, but don’t expect politeness.
Tony Alcock (3 years ago)
We just walked around the gardens. It's free and worth a visit
R. Ant (3 years ago)
a really nice place to visit. i only walked outside, but the gardens are well kept and really beautiful.
Guillaume Tendron (3 years ago)
One of the most beautiful sites in Bessin
Michel Fischer (3 years ago)
A site combining beauty and serenity with beautiful Roman remains
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