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Top heritage gems

Discovering our treasures

Close to Villedieu-les-Poêles and of undeniable heritage interest, these often little-known sites will charm you with their authenticity and richness. Steeped in history and tradition, these sites offer a fascinating insight into Normandy’s heritage. Hambye Abbey, the Écomusée de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel in Vains, the Musée de la Céramique in Ger and the Parc-musée du Granit in Saint-Michel-de-Montjoie are just some of the destinations that promise an enriching experience for adventurers in search of authenticity and discovery.

Hambye Abbey Vestiges of medieval architecture

Nestled in a small corner of bocage crossed by a river, Hambye Abbey is a veritable treasure trove of medieval architecture. Founded in the 12th century by Benedictine monks, this prosperous abbey was an important spiritual and economic center of the region for centuries. Today, visitors can admire the impressive remains of the abbey, including the abbey church, cloisters and gardens, which bear witness to its former grandeur. Guided tours reveal the fascinating history of this religious edifice and its importance in the cultural development of Normandy.

The Écomusée de The Bay of Mont Saint-Michel Diving into the heart of the marine ecosystem

In the heart of Mont Saint-Michel Bay, the Écomusée de Vains offers a captivating immersion in the region’s unique marine ecosystem. Through interactive exhibits and guided walks, you can discover the diversity of the bay’s flora and fauna, as well as the traditions and lifestyles of the people who depend on its resources. Educational activities and hands-on workshops offer an enriching experience for the whole family, making the eco-museum a must for nature and history lovers.

The Museum of Ger Ceramics Art and tradition

Located in the charming village of Ger, the Musée de la Céramique pays homage to the traditional craft of Norman pottery. Through an impressive collection of historic and contemporary pieces, visitors can explore the evolution of ceramics in Normandy, from utilitarian pottery to decorative works of art. Live pottery demonstrations allow you to observe the age-old techniques of local craftsmen, while hands-on workshops offer the opportunity to test your own creative skills.

Saint-Michel-de-Montjoie Granite Park-Museum witness to the mining industry

In the heart of the Normandy bocage, the Parc-musée du Granit in Saint-Michel-de-Montjoie tells the fascinating story of the region’s mining industry. Through themed exhibitions, guided tours and hands-on demonstrations, you’ll discover the techniques used to extract and process granite, as well as the impact of this industry on the local economy and society.

These little-known treasures

offer a fascinating immersion in the region’s history, art and culture. Explore them and immerse yourself in a world rich in discovery and wonder, where each site tells a part of Normandy’s history and heritage.