Lucerne Abbey is a 12th century Normandy abbey. It’s my choice for day 20 of the Normandy Advent Calendar. The photo is taken from the gatehouse.

Normandy abbey

The abbey is a Premonstratensian monastery that was founded in 1143. The village of La Lucerne-d’Outremer sits in the triangle between the towns of Granville, Avranches and Villedieu-les-Poêles.

The building in the photo is the magnificent abbey church. Over the centuries it was destroyed at least three times. Many of the outbuildings also suffered the same fate.

The abbey’s saviour was Abbé Marcel Lelégard, a young Normandy abbot. He bought the ruins together with Pirou chateau further north in La Manche region. Restoration work began in 1959 with the abbey church being the first to be re-built.

The extensive restoration programme has continued over the decades. There is still more work to be done but what’s been achieved is simply remarkable. Take a look at the video below for a glimpse of the abbey church and refectory.

This link has more details about the abbey. Click here for information about Lucerne abbey.

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