We attempted to visit the ruined Abbey of Hambye en route from Bayeux to Mont St.-Michel. Unfortunately we did not recognise that it was a State Museum and therefore since it was Tuesday, would be closed. So we had to visit by camera from the distance. The ruins ar charming in a very rural setting. Luckily there is a better account for this site in VT
We took Hambye abbey as a welcome stop during the drive from Cherbourg region to Le Mont Saint Michel. Here we met our good friends Anya and Joris, that just spend a weekend in Bretagne.
The abbey was dedcated to "Our dear Lady" (Notre Dame), the virgin Mary or mother of Jesus, and was founded in the year 1147 by the grace of William Paisnel. It became a Benedictin abbey and was constructed in Gothic style, which is still clearly to be seen in the ruines. In the 16th century it became even under immediate supervision of the brother of the (in)famous Cardinal Richellieu, who was also a Cardinal.
After the French Revolution, the abbey was appointed to the people and the agricultural production stagnated. Soon the fundings were to low to maintain the abbey correctly and the few left monchs moved away. The abbey was sold and left to it's own. During the 19th century it slowly fell to ruines, after it was more or less saved by becoming an official state monument in 1900.
In the surrounding buildings of the Abbey Notre Dame de Hambye, one can find further information. There are also often some expositions to be visited here.