The Abbey of La Lucerne d'Outremer and its pond in the foregroundThe Abbey of La Lucerne d'Outremer and its pond in the foreground
©The Abbey of La Lucerne d'Outremer and its pond in the foreground|Estelle Cohier
La Lucerne AbbeyA 12th-century heritage

La Lucerne Abbey

Built in the second half of the 12th century, the Abbey was restored in the 15th and 17th centuries. In a shady, picturesque setting, the Romanesque buildings are sober and rigorous in their Cistercian spirit. The ensemble is dominated by an Anglo-Norman tower, a harbinger of Gothic architecture.

Twelfth-century architecture

In a green setting
La Lucerne Abbey
La Lucerne Abbey
Découvrez l'Abbaye de la Lucerne, véritable rareté de l'architecture médiévale

Did you know?

In 1960, at the age of 35, Abbé Marcel Lelégard took part in the TV game show “La Roue Tourne” hosted by Guy Lux. He won a car and had the host come to the abbey to auction off the Ondine!

The saving of the abbey was launched…

An exceptional ensemble

Founded in the 12th century

Nestled in the hollow of the Thar valley since the 12th century, the Abbaye de La Lucerne has benefited from remarkable conservation and restoration work over the past 50 years.

This architectural ensemble is striking for the intimacy and strength of its history led by passionate men.

Emotion arises from the absolute stripping back of Premonstratensian architecture, its great luminosity and the preserved authenticity of its surroundings. One of the few complete examples of medieval Premonstratensian architecture in France.

Discover the abbey

and its outbuildings

Visit one of Normandy’s oldest Premonstratensian abbeys whose doors open onto an exceptional ensemble: the abbey church, the Anglo-Norman tower heralding the Gothic style, the cloister and Romanesque washbasin, the refectory, bakery, guest hall, dovecote and abbey dwelling.

To the architecture must be added a picturesque environment, the forest and verdant park where the remains of an aqueduct remain.

Sold as national property during the Revolution, the abbey was transformed into a cotton mill and then a stone sawmill. Both businesses collapsed, leading to the ruin of the buildings.

Entrance fees contribute to the preservation of the abbey by supporting the “Fondation Abbaye de La Lucerne d’Outremer”, the owner, which manages and finances the reception of the public, the upkeep of the buildings and the site, as well as restoration work.

Backup and restoration

a listed abbey

On February 28, 1928, under the impetus of Madame Gabrielle Decauville, then owner, Abbaye de La Lucerne was classified as a Monument Historique.

Since 1959, Abbaye de La Lucerne has been under restoration. Under the aegis of Abbé Marcel Lelégard (1925-1994), the Fondation Abbaye de La Lucerne d’Outremer continues the reconstruction of the medieval monastic complex.

The Romanesque abbey church with its western portal, the Romanesque washbasin unique in Normandy, the cross-vaulted cellars, the refectory surmounted by an oak-panelled inverted ship’s hull frame, the gatehouse with the former courtroom and bakery, the salle des Hôtes, the tithe barn and the dovecote, give visitors an insight into the medieval monastic complex of La Lucerne. This visit should be complemented by the extension of the site to the edge of the forest, with the eastern gate and the abbey dwelling dating from the late 17th – early 18th century.

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