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 Monastery building

Roman Abbey Tourist Association
General points

The educational vocation

For a number of years, the abbey has opened its gardens to schools and day camps and offers the chance to learn about vegetables in the Middle Ages along with a raising of awareness about gardening. Using models, it offers an introduction to Roman and Gothic architecture. Finally, it gives details about the lives of the monks.

Non-French-speaking groups

Audio guidesAudio guides in 6 languages have been available to visitors since 2007.

An abbey which is a listed historic monument

The Roman abbey of Saint-Georges de Boscherville is a listed historic monument and is owned jointly by the commune (the church), and the General Council of the Seine-Maritime region (the abbey estate).

The efforts made by the ATAR to try and achieve the highest possible quality have been rewarded on a number of occasions by both the Normandy Quality Tourism regional label and the national Remarkable Gardens label.

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The work of the association

Employment integration projects

 

The Roman Abbey Tourist Association (ATAR), which now has more than 500 active members, has been working for around fifty-five years to bring this masterpiece of Norman Roman and classical art back to life, by promoting it so that people fall in love with it.

Thus, for more than twenty years, the abbey site has been undergoing major works, partly carried out by a company accredited by the Historic Monuments body and partly by people on employment integration schemes (the unemployed and those on minimum benefits). This social dimension is crucial to the association and the upkeep of the gardens is still handled by means of employment reintegration projects.

 

The most recent restoration work on the abbey estate was completed in 1998 and, since then, the abbey gardens have been gradually restored to look just as they did back in the 17th century. The work was funded by the Ministry of Culture and by the General Council of the Seine-Maritime region, which owns the abbey estate. Europe has also taken part in some of the development work.

Events at the abbey

At the same time the ATAR has been organising sacred music concerts in the abbey church for more than twenty years, with the help and support of corporate sponsors. The high quality of these concerts contributes to the abbey’s reputation, and its splendid setting offers wonderful listening conditions, thus providing moments of real musical enchantment.

For more than ten years now there have been exhibitions open to the public on the first floor of the monastic building, whose architectural beauty helps to show off the works on display to the best possible advantage.

Every Sunday and on public holidays throughout the year, there are guided tours for visitors and events are organised on some Sundays during the summer.

 

Concert at the abbey