This was my first time standing in a cathedral, without a roof. It’s an interesting experience, when standing in an old cathedral with grass on the ground and a blue sky above, instead of the gothic roof. Groups of birds were flying through the broken windows and the absent roof. A strang feeling, but it redminds me to certain ideas of the medieval ages, when francican monks preached of this picture to illustrate, that wealth is not important for god and a simple life would be proper for everyone. (Have you ever seen the movie “Brother sun, sister moon”? give it a try! It tells the story of the foundation of the francicanian order for men an the Order of Poor Clares for women. It’s a very interesting movie, even if you’re not a member of the catholic church, as I am.)
But back to our todays topic. The Abbaye area is an open air museum now. The opening times are quite restricted, so investigate in advance, when you plan to visit it. We were late, so we only had less than an hour for our visit and thus not enough time for this interesting place.
The cloister was founded back in the 7th century and was destroyed quite often during (religious) wars, by the vikings and also for political reasons. Have a look at wikipedia for more detailed information, but come back to have a look at the ruins.
Stay tuned for my next posts on Normandie and all the places we visited on our trip. There is much more to come.