Lessay Abbey in Normandy

Lessay Abbey is an 11th century Benedictine monastery in Normandy. It was built in the Romanesque style and features an early example of the rib vault. The abbey church was founded in 1056. It suffered enormous damage in 1356 during the Hundred Years War. The damage was repaired and it survived until 1944. It wasn’t […]

Five Things To Do At Lessay Fair

What are the top five things to do at Lessay Fair this weekend? Walk round the horse fair where more than 1,000 horses, donkeys and ponies will be for sale Stroll through the famous ‘allée des rôtisseurs’ – the rows of rotissery vans selling freshly spit roasted lamb Admire the pets in the children’s corner […]

The abbey church in Lessay, Normandy

The church on the left hand side of the photograph is part of the Benedictine abbey founded in 1056. It was almost entirely destroyed twice – once in 1356 and again in 1944. Although the bombings that Normandy endured in 1944 caused some of the damage, explosives planted by German troops caused the majority of […]