The restored choir of the Abbey of Longues-sur-Mer, "a dream come true"

The restored choir of the Abbey of Longues-sur-Mer, "a dream come true"

The work concerned the roofing of the choir of a church on the verge of collapse, as well as the replacement of the roof of the monks’ refectory. © Jeanne Cridling

Abbey of Longues-sur-Mer (Calvados), chosen as “emblematic” monument of the region in 2019 by the Heritage Mission under the leadership of Stéphane Bern, offers an exceptional testimony to Norman religious life in the Middle Ages.

Its restoration, which began at the beginning of the 20th century, has never stopped developing, mainly thanks to the Anglejean family, the owners of the site, who took over the site.

Five years of work

Inside the choir, six explanatory panels allow visitors to trace the history of the site. © Jeanne Cridling

On Friday 16 September 2022, the family celebrated the completion of the first phase of the restoration of the abbey and especially its chancel. “It’s becoming what it was again,” Isabelle d’Anglejean announced happily. Specifically, she summarized five years of work with almost “60 m² of stones removed to lighten the structure, 5,400 slates laid and 17 m² of wood laid in 10 hours last September”, without forgetting the “400 sponsorships” that made it possible. finance part of this colossal work.

What was just a dream in 1995 has become a reality.

Isabelle d’Anglejean
Jean-Léonce Dupont recalled “the need to bring this heritage to life”. © Jeanne Cridling

On this occasion, Jean-Léonce Dupont, president of the Calvados department, symbolically cut the inaugural ribbon together with family and guests present. He praised the “mobilization of the family” and underlined the “important intergenerational work” it does.

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