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Address: 2 Rue Saint-Jacques, 76490, 76490 Saint-Wandrille-Rancon, France
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+33 2 35 96 23 11

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Working Monastery

This is a very interesting site. The monks make beer and do art restoration. A very interesting combination and if the artists also work in the brewery, the restoration could... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Palm Bay, Florida
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an interesting place this is. It is a working Benedictine monastery where the monks live in silence. We were shown round by a tubby, jolly little friar, frère Lucien. He told us about his life at the monastery, where they do picture restoration and brew beer. The abbey is also a retreat. The original and subsequent churches are now... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very interesting site. The monks make beer and do art restoration. A very interesting combination and if the artists also work in the brewery, the restoration could suffer! Fortunately, they are only allowed to drink on Sundays. The buildings are from various ages. The original gothic church is basically unusable but it looked like they were doing... More 

Thank JackofPBFL
British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 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 

Thank kenl461
New York City, New York
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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 

Thank Charming_Karl
Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
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.

Thank aa27
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Reviewed 19 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

Thank Mabedui
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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.

Thank John C
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 6 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.

Thank Tangobangomango
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 6 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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