"Ruins Remaining of a Great 11C Construction" Jumièges by hquittner

Jumièges Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 70 photos

Romanesque Architecture in Ruins

Th ruins of the Abbey of Jumieges lie downstream from Rouen on the Northest bank of the Seine. It can be visited in about one hour and makes a pleasant stop on the way to or from the Northwest coast of Normandy and Rouen. It is of particular importance if one is interested in Romanesque architecture because ruins make it strangely accessible. Considered as just ruins, it is quite picturesque and is deserving of its Michelin 3* rating.

The History of Jumieges

The Abbey was founded by St. Philibert in 654 only 5 years after his best friend St. Wandrille had founded his Abbey not far off. The invading Norsemen destroyed buildings everywhere and did not at first recognize religious groups until they stabilized as Normans when it became possible to sustain monasteries again. Still there were other depredations and opulent rebuildings as well. St.-Pierre thus had both Carolingian and Gothic phases

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Great Stop En Route in Haut-Normandie
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:One of the best church ruins we have visited
  • Last visit to Jumièges: May 1988
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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