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Abbaye de Senanque

4 km (2 mi) N of Gordes (via D177), 84220 Gordes, France
04-90-72-05-72
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Orleans
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A visit to this Abbey to see the lavendar in full bloom had been the focal point of our planning over the course of the last year. Upon arrival we didn't make it down into the valley to actually go there, as there is no blooming lavendar this year due to the weather. And the view looking down into the... More

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The Abbey was my favorite place in Provence ! The tour is in French only but the gift shop is great and grounds are beautiful.

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Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The location is absolutely gorgeous, as the street to get there! Wow that lavender field just create something magic! Just one warning, the blooming of the lavender in mainly in July but in some region a bit souther, like around Bonneux, you can admire it already in middle June, but not in Senanque...so try to go a bit later if... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

A beautiful setting . Really brings you into contact with your Maker. Unfortunately we have missed the lavenders in full bloom...that must really be awesome! A very well stocked shop as well as coffee-vending machine available on the premises.

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