Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Juaye-Mondaye

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Saint-Martin de Mondaye is a French Premonstratensian abbey in the Bessin countryside at Juaye-Mondaye, Calvados, nine miles to the south of Bayeux. Founded in 1200, it is the only canonial abbey still active in Normandy.
MedievalIn the mid-12th century, a priest named Turstin withdrew to a wooded Norman hill to live as a hermit, where he was quickly joined by a circle of followers. When Turstin died in 1200, the bishop of Bayeux established the community under the Rule of St. Augustine. Turstin's brother-in-law Raoul de Percy donated land for the abbey. In 1210, under the protection of La Lucerne Abbey, the order was incorporated into the order of Saint Norbert. Over the following years, the abbey continued to receive donation from the de Percy and de Vassy families, as well as from lesser nobility and well-to-do farmers. At the end of the 13th century, a church and monastic buildings were built to replace the hermitage. In 1343 the abbey's gifts were interrupted by the Hundred Years' War and rivalries between pro-French and pro-English lords in the area. In 1347 the Black Death killed a third of the population, the abbey's lands were uncultivated and the Bessin was ravaged by armed bands. The abbey itself was ravaged by Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel, in 1389.
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  • A 2-hour guided tour of the abbey by a Frere who made us discover the site, but also the values of the order of Premontrés. all this with ease, quietly in the image of the place and why not a stay?
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  • On our last day in Normandy we stopped to see the buildings we had been driving past for several days. The architecture and grounds are gorgeous. We did not take a tour or plan ahead, just stopped in ...  more »
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  • Was here almost forty years ago, and the place, and the monks, still hold a special place in my heart. I always swore I will return. It will happen. Someday.
  • Beautiful Abbey.. Amazing Church and pristine kept grounds.
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