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Abbaye de Senanque

4 km (2 mi) N of Gordes (via D177), 84220 Gordes, France
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Gordes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique example of a Cistercian abbey and still an active monastery.
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Austin, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

It's hard to describe the beauty and the holiness of this place, no matter your faith tradition. One of my most favorite sites during my 3-week trip in Provence. Eight hundred years of simple devotion has seeped into the stones. The grounds are stunning in July with the surrounding lavender fields in bloom, but the interior of the Abbey, especially... More

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Hillsboro, Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It was a short visit as a storm was moving in as we arrived so we were able to visit the church and gift shop. Loved that the linen fields were in bloom. A beautiful "pop of color" in front of the Abbaye.

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Lyon, France
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Such a beautiful place to go to. So pretty with the lavender fields infront of the abbey. When yiu think of Provence, you think of thr lavender fields. And this was where we took the best pictures from our stay in Provence. Go to Gordes when you're there too. Not far away and so pretty aswell! In one day we... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

While the Abbaye is surely beautiful any time of year - especially with it's lovely setting - during lavender season, it's truly gorgeous and is a definite must visit spot. If you want to go into the Abbaye, be sure to wear a t-shirt rather than a tank top and shorts/skirt/dress to at least the knee or you won't be... More

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Portoroz, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stoped at Senanque on our trip through the Provence. It is a peaceful place with huge lavander fields. It is a little annoying that there is in this time of year so many tourists - but that makes it even a biger attraction. Great place to buy some souvenirs made of lavander. Also a great stop to buy some... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

On a quiet day out of season this is no doubt a lovely place, but on a busy day in the season its not. The lavender fields are nice but to many people spoil the atmosphere, tourists trampling over everywhere! (Of which I am aware I was one). The car parking is a nightmare with large coaches trying to do... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The lavender fields with the abbey in the background is by many web sites hailed as one of the best spots to get good photos of lavender in bloom. Well, if your goal is to get good lavender photos, this is definitely not the right place. The abbey itself might be interesting for many reasons, but lavender is not one... More

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Toronto, Canada
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This abbey is gorgeous! The lavender fields in front of the abbey are likely what majority of the lavender themed postcards are based on. We got there when the abbey was closing. And there wasn't a chance to tour it - but highly recommended if you have the time! As soon as you get out of the car, you can... More

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We visited Abbaye de Senanque on a lovely June day and walked through ourselves without the guide. It was well worth the visit. We also got to be in the chapel when the monks were having a mass. It was a moving experience.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful and memorable sites. The lavender fields surround the 11th century abbey that is located in a valley. The monks still live and work here. The setting and the abbey are gorgeous and don't miss the gift shop. Make sure you wear appropriate clothes or you won't get in. We were there the first... More

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