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Notre-Dame-sur-L'Eau church in Domfront and its water

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Parish church Notre-Dame-sur-L'Eau church in Domfront

A nice poetic name ("Our-Lady-upon-Water")! What's its history? Guillaume Talvas I, count of Alençon and Bellême in the 11th century, first raised a keep in Domfront, then built a priory.

In 1020, Benedictine monks came on the working site.

Then Normandy became an English possession: Henri II and Eleanor of Aquitaine christened their daughter here in October 1162 with great pomp: armoured knights, lords of the Court were here...

Thomas Beckett, archbishop of Canterbury, even celebrated the Christmas Mass in Domfront church in 1166...

Unfortunately, in the 19th century, 5 of the 7 nave's bays and aisles were destroyed to build the road.

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