Bricquebec Things to Do
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The church Notre Dame de l'Annonciation in Bricquebec is something quite standard from the outside, but rather beautiful on the inside. The first church here was founded by the Abbey of Saint-OUen in Rouen in the year 1060, but after that, the church was renovated several times. The present version dates to the early 20st century and it's true beauty lies inside. Inside the high arcades and transepts of the interior leave little to discuss. The light is pressed inside and the church is remarkably light. Some windows have stained glass. Furthermore, there are many sculptures and various paintings (among them the 14 crusifix images).
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Few kilometres outside the village of Bricquebec one finds the beautiful Abbey of Notre Dame de Grace. This cistercienzer abbey is founded in the 19th century and belongs to the most modern abbeys in France. The surrounding lands belong to the abbey and the monchs are a strong agricultural community that produces some of the finest traditional made food products of Normandie. These products are sold in their abbey shop and are delicious. Definately stop by it and fill your picknickbasket with goods from the Trappists of Bricquebec.
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The castle of Bricquebec saw it's first stones laid in the 11th century and was built by Lord Ansbeck of the Normandian ducal family that reigned Normandie from 911. The castle remained the property of the ducal family until the French revolution, though the family itself stopped living in the main building in the early 16th century. Remarkable of the castle is the Donjon (tower), as it is not round, but octanglar in shape. One can climb up into the tower, to enjoy a wide view of Bricquebec village and it's surroundings agricultural lands.
Bricquebec Off The Beaten Path
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Just in front of the parrish church of Bricquebec one finds a monument for all fallen inhabitants of Bricquebec in the first and second world war.
Bricquebec was not in the immidiate frontline during the D-day battles from the Normandian beaches, but it got it's share of violence in the advancing troops and the outbreak towards the South-East of American divisions under command of General Patton. Outside Bricquebec an impressive monument that commemorates the crash of a bomber airplane in which all men of the crew found their death.
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