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Abbaye de Mortemer

Abbaye de Mortemer Abbaye de Mortemer

It was originally built in 1134 on land gifted to the Cistercians by Henry I of England.The land received turned out to be water-logged and the stagnant water or "dead water" - in French "morte mer" - gave the monastery its name. After digging a large drainage lake which still exists today, the monks constructed what was then the largest Cistercian monastery in the world.

Over the centuries, the abbey fell into decline and disrepair. It was rebuilt in the 17th Century, but the decline was irreversible and by 1790, when it was dissolved in the course of the French Revolution, only five monks remained.

The 12th century buildings were already more or less derelict by the time of the French Revolution, and subsequent use as a convenient source of cut stone for local construction reduced them to little more than a ruin. Apart from the cloisters, which are relatively intact, there remains only a shell.

The 17th century buildings by contrast are well preserved and open to visitors, with guided tours available most of the year.

The abbey site also has a well-maintained 17th century dovecote, which was also used as a gaol house in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Practical Information

Access Par route: à 95 km de Paris par la N14, à 39 km de Rouen, à 17 km de Gournay, à 55 km de Beauvais, à 45km de Vernon.
City Lisors (France)
Phone 02 32 49 54 34
02 32 49 54 37
Fax 02 32 49 46 39
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