Visit the Senanque Abbey in Provence
11th century Cistercian abbey surrounded by lavender fields. Stunning! !
15 km from Château La Roque on the road to Gordes, or on foot from the castle, don’t miss the abbey Notre Dame de Senanque, a jewel of Roman art in Provence.
The Senanque Abbey, beauty and spirituality
The Notre Dame de Senanque Abbey is a Cistercian abbey in the commune of Gordes, Vaucluse, in Provence.
Founded in 1148, the abbey is asuperb example of early Cistercian architecture from the 12th century. During the wars of religion, the monastic buildings were destroyed. Abandoned over time, the monks went back to live there in 1988 and revived the monastic way of life.
Amidst the lavender fields in the hollow of a valley, the superb medieval buildings that make up the monastery, the abbey church, the cells, the chapter house, the cloisters and the cale factory (warming room) are amazing in their harmony, simplicity and the purity of their forms. At the same time, take a look at the abbey’s contemporary stained-glass windows, made in 1994 by the painter-glassmaker Louis-René Petit. The abbey’s shop offers the monks’ farm produce, lavender and lavender oil and honey.
Visits to Senanque Abbey
You can visit only the outdoors to enjoy the beauty of the Abbey of Notre Dame de Senanque and the calm of the place.
Guided tours of the Abbey of Senanque (one hour) are only available by reservation (48 hours in advance) and in French. A document is provided in other languages. Proper clothing is required. L’Abbaye de Senanque – 84220 Gordes – Tel: 33 (0)4.90.72.05.86. – firstname.lastname@example.org. – http://www.senanque.fr – booking by internet: www.visitesenanque.oxatis.com.
Do not hesitate to ask Château La Roque for useful information. We can help you book your visit to Senanque Abbey.
The Senanque Abbey in Provence
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque