Abbey of Montivilliers
The old “Monasterii Villare”, which gave the town its name, was founded in 684 by Saint Philibert, Abbot of Jumièges. He chose a site in the Lézarde valley to build a monastery for women under the Benedictine rule. The nuns occupied the premises until the Revolution. The buildings are transformed and gradually merge into the city.
The classification of the monastic complex as historical monuments came in 1992 when the abbess’s home from the 18th century was being restored.
Since 1994, it has hosted the Condorcet Municipal Library.
The rest of the buildings, cloister, chapter house from the 11th century and the dormitories and refectories from the 13th and 16th centuries were restored between 1997 and 2000 and fitted out to become the center of the city’s cultural and tourist activity.
The temporary exhibition hall and a program of guided tours and events allow visitors to discover the places throughout the year.
PLEASE NOTE: Work is currently underway in one of the abbey buildings.
Visitors can freely access the cloister, the chapter house and the Gothic refectory (exhibition hall) during the summer season.
Individual openings and schedules
- VISIT OF THE ABBEY OF MONTIVILLIERS
Opening hours from 5 July to 28 August 2022: Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 2pm to 6pm
In low season, the gothic refectory is open during temporary exhibitions on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 2pm to 6pm. Closed on 25 December 2022 and 1 January 2023.
- During openings, the abbey is open access.
Only the guided tours “Heritage Sundays” and “Cities of the abbesses” are paying, at the rate of 4 €
Family rate and “P’tits ateliers” family rate: € 4
- Carte bleue
- Postal or bank cheques