Lessay abbey normandy france

lessay france

Came the Hundred Years War; the abbey was partly destroyed in but was rebuilt to the identical in Construction began in and the archbishop of Rouen consecrated the abbey church in ; the first monks and their abbot came from the Abbaye du Bec in Northern Normandy.

Nearly entirely ruined inthe Abbey of Lessay has been entirely rebuilt identical to the original.

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The monastery was so busy that in the abbot built the Church of St. In the nave of Lessay however, the structure of the arcades with double archivolt and the profile of their cruciform columns are simplified. Nearly entirely ruined in , the Abbey of Lessay has been entirely rebuilt identical to the original. On the outside, the general balance is provided by the arrangement of the various components: chapels, choir aisles, apse at the east end, transepts, and central tower topped by its pyramidal roof. Church: daily free access from 9 am to 6 pm except during religious services; the cloister and gardens are open to pre-booked guided tours. But Lessay, above all, innovates by introducing the revolutionary covering of tracery vaults so, here, from the end of the 11th century, is one of its first uses, well before the development of rib vaults by Gothic architects. A true miracle in these troubled times! The " Benedictine" ground plan of the Latin cross is that of most of the great Norman abbeys: an east end with chapels in echelon built onto the side aisles and the transepts, and a long nave with aisles. Construction began in and the archbishop of Rouen consecrated the abbey church in ; the first monks and their abbot came from the Abbaye du Bec in Northern Normandy. Lessay Abbey's glory days The monastery thrived for the next 2 centuries under the protection of the kings of France and England and the popes of Rome; it reached its peak in the 12th and 13th century. The decoration of the capitals is sparingly reduced to simple crockets and flat leaves to promote unity, the regular rhythm of the columns and arches, the vertical nature of the spans, simple order and majesty. The father of Adolphe Thiers who became president of the Republic bought the monastic buildings and contributed to their preservation. Its impressive dimensions 16m high and 44m long have turned it since its construction into a religious landmark.

The intermediate level triforium merely has small gemel windows opening onto eaves designed to buttress the vaults of the nave. The abbey was fortunately classified Historical Monument in The father of Adolphe Thiers who became president of the Republic bought the monastic buildings and contributed to their preservation.

The choir of the abbey church had already been built in when Eudes au Capel, son of the founder, was buried there. Lessay Abbey became national property at the French Revolution, but the church was saved from destruction in when it became parish church. Lessay is above all, however, innovative in introducing the revolutionary support of the vaults on ribs; here, at the end of the 11th century, is one of the first occurrences of their use, well before the restatement of the technique using the pointed arch by gothic architects.

The decoration of the capitals is parsimoniously reduced to simple crockets and flat leaves in order to enhance the unity, the regular rhythm of the pillars and arches, the vertical aspect of the bays, the purity of order, and the majesty of the whole. It is therefore a monument of the purest Norman Romanesque style that we visit today.

Opportune for the parishioners of Lessay to alleviate his monks' duties.

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