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Bernay, city of Art and history

Bernay, labelled 'city of Art and history' has all the attractions of a city of charm and hobbies. Its rich history, its saved architecture and its preserved landscapes give it a typically Norman setting.

Brief summary of history

Between 996 and 1008, the Duke of Normandy, Richard II, offers this area in dowry to his wife, Judith of Brittany, who founded the benedictine Abbey which is a jewel of the Norman Romanesque architecture. Commercial activity of Berney takes off as early as 1198, the cloth industry is deemed and fairs are numerous. Bernay becomes also a huge market every Saturday.

The old Berney

  • Bernay presents a very nice set of old houses timber often decorated motifs carved 15th- and 16th-century: rue de Lisieux, Alexandre Street and rue Auguste Leprévost.
  • Rue de Geôle is typical of the old Bernay, she surprises you by its medieval aspect and the narrowness of its pavement without sidewalk. Rue Gaston Folloppe with its row of narrow façades is hosted by bric-a-BRAC and antique shops,
  • Gabelle is a magnificent hotel built in the middle of the 18th century with facades of Orange bricks covered with slates. The hotel of city of Berney has kept all the Majesty that had given them the mauristes monks at the end of the 17th century. They were converted after the French Revolution and is home to the Town Hall and the Court.
  • The city of Berney is crossed by two rivers: the Charentonne and the Cosnier who played an industrial role important during the 19th century. Many houses had a special laundry still preserved.

The Abbey Church of Notre-Dame

The Abbey Church of Notre-Dame de Bernay is one of the most venerable Romanesque buildings from Normandy. Richard II made come from Burgundy monk Builder Guillaume de Volpiano, architect of Saint-Bénigne at Dijon. The result is sumptuous and centuries have not started the Majesty and beauty of this building. Its richly carved capitals are similar to those of the Burgundy school.

The convent of the Cordeliers (1275) possesses remarkable entre-colombages made of small bricks arranged in a decorative motifs with monograms and religious symbols.

The churches Sainte-Croix (1374) and Notre Dame of Couture (1340) contain many works of art and magnificent stained glass windows.


The Museum of the fine arts of Berney
In the old abbatial building bricks and stones from the end of the 16th century houses a beautiful collection of Rouen earthenware. The collections also cover many aspects of fine arts: ceramics of the 16th century, furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries, paintings and sculptures from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Also of parts of Egyptian archaeology of Gallo-Roman art, contemporary art and religious art.
The Museum of the cart
Installed in an old Norman House, this small private museum testimony of everyday life of the 19th century in Normandy. Discover a collection of household utensils, tools and very interesting iconographic documents.

The Charentonne golf

The pastoral golf of the Charentonne is a return to the origins of golf. He met naturally without chemicals and sheep for the mowing of the course. The presence of golf on this Natura 2000 site contributes to biodiversity and the maintenance of habitats for several species of protected native. The small 9 holes approved Valley floor is designed by Richard Neill around natural obstacles present in the spirit of a links. 9 holes - Par 29 - 1'381 meters.

Pastoral golf the Charentonne - 177 rue du Val of Couture, 27300 Bernay - Tel. + 33 (0) 6 45 86 45 56.

Useful information :

Address :
27308 Bernay

Good to know :
Office of tourism of Bernay 29 rue Thiers, Bernay 27308, Tel. + 33 (0) 2 32 43 32 08

Free of charge.

A must see

  • The old Berney
  • The Abbey Church of Notre-Dame
  • The Museum of fine arts

Where to stay:

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