Abbaye Saint-Wandrille - the Stacpoole Gate by Beausoleil Star this if you like it!

Saint-Wandrille is a Benedictine Abbey that welcomes visitors to its historic sections. There are also guided tours to the monastic sections. Saint Wandrille founded the abbey in the year 649 and he died in 668. Forty of the monks from this abbey have become saints. That’s quite a record for one abbey. They survived Viking raids and the Hundred Years War among other disasters. From 852 to 960 they were forced to leave the abbey only to return and rebuild. After the French Revolution, it fell into private hands and was put to many uses. However, in 1894 the abbey was returned to monastic rule until 1901 when the monks again went into exile. In 1931 the monks returned and were bombed in World War II. They rebuilt the abbey which is in use today. Around 1865, the Marquess of Stacpoole, when rebuilding the abbey the monumental gate opening onto the village square, reused a pediment from the building of the dormitory which he had just had demolished. This sculpture from 1680 presents the arms of the congregation of Saint-Maur.

St.-Wandrille-Rançon , France

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