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Jumièges Abbey: photos, description Abbaye de Jumieges)

The remains of the ancient Abbey of Jumièges was saved from final destruction by the state, bought it after world war II, from a private owner and opened a Museum. Local rumor attributes the writer Victor Hugo, a great love for this Abbey - supposedly, he liked to come to these places from Rouen, and walk along its stone walls, reflecting on the subjects of their works.

The first monastery on the site of the Abbey was built in the VII century. It was founded by Saint Philibert - monk, born in Gascony, which king Clovis II the land on which was built the monastery. After the expulsion of Philibert of Jumièges, founded another Abbey of Noirmoutier, where he was buried.

To the 40-th years of the IX century the monastery of Jumièges was one of the largest in Normandy, but it was sacked by the Vikings. The Abbey was restored, and in XI-XIII centuries it reached the Zenith of its prosperity, thriving under the auspices of the Dukes of Normandy. The restored Abbey was consecrated in 1067 in the presence of Duke William I the Conqueror.

A period of decline for the Abbey began in the era of the hundred years war - it was again destroyed, this time Huguenots. Later the monastery was rebuilt again, and was even consecrated a new Church, but after the French revolution the Abbey was nationalized, sold and abandoned. In subsequent years, the monastery buildings had taken away the stones, so from the Abbey to the present time preserved half-destroyed towers and walls. A large monastic library is now kept at the Rouen city hall.

The monastery is located in a bend of the Seine, 40 kilometres North of Rouen. Currently, the ruins of the Abbey is a Museum under the open sky, which include a program of cruises along the Seine.