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Address: 2 Rue Saint-Jacques, 76490, 76490 Saint-Wandrille-Rancon, France
Phone Number: +33 2 35 96 23 11
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Serene Solemnity of the Abbey Church

On the day my wife and I visited Saint-Wandrille, there was no morning guided tour, so we were left to exploring on our own. The old abbey is under re-construction, so there is a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 August 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

As part of our “Normandy Abbeys Route” excursion, we visited the Fontenelle Abbey, a 7th century working monastery with renovations in progress. We were told that if we were lucky, we could hear the monks chanting, but that was not our case. We did, however, hear a monk playing his last few notes on an organ as we entered the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

On the day my wife and I visited Saint-Wandrille, there was no morning guided tour, so we were left to exploring on our own. The old abbey is under re-construction, so there is a lot of that that is covered with plastic and scaffolding. Down the road and around the corner is the abbey church, austere and serene. It put... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Sainte Wandrille is an abbey with monks still living in it, but we could not see much without guided tour, we were a bit in hurry., and it seemed largely under restoration. It contained a church with wooden roof, but without much else.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

The architecture is the one of a palace. Enter a small chapel and a church. Admire the old trees, the silence and the spiritually

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Thank Mabedui
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Any individual who devotes their life to a very strict and rigid lifestyle is a better person than me. This Abbey also informs you how cathedrals were built by very current restoration. Stopped here on a day tour while on a river cruise. A must see place.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

This Abbey is visited by the majority of the River Cruise ships stopping at nearby Caudebec-En-Caux. Although the Monks take a vow of silence the guide Lucian more than makes up for it with his animated explanations. He told us of life inside the monastery and took us around most of it. He was particularly proud of some new stonework... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

At first, it looks like a ruin. But on exploration, you come across a chapel, where at the right time of day, you can witness the monks having a service. I think the literature says this is at 9:45am, but we stumbled on it at 12:45pm. Worth a drive to see and experience.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

Nice historical place to visit. We requested information from the help desk, the monk that answered to our question was kind of not to receptive. But it is a nice Abbaye to visit.

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Tracy, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

A working abbey, we started our time there with hearing the monks chant. This is followed by a tour of the old abbey and seeing some of the areas which can be used by those wishing to come for a retreat. We headed down to a very nice gift shop specializing in products of French abbeys. The prices were reasonable... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

Monks live here and they also accept and very much welcome outsiders to come for retreats (woman, men, singles, couples, families). The monk who showed us around the grounds was super sweet. He explained that back centuries ago they were attacked and the older part which we did tour was attacked, most of the building still intact and there was... More 

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