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Senanque Abbey

4 km (2 mi) N of Gordes (via D177), 84220 Gordes, France
04-90-72-05-72
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$120*
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Small Group Provence and Lavender Museum Day Trip...
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Ranked #4 of 20 Attractions in Gordes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner 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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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Was here in late July in time to see the lavender in full bloom in front of this beautiful old abbey. Do not miss this if you are in area as it is quite stunning. It is located just outside Gordes.

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South Orange, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

the smell alone as you drive down to the Abbey is magical! If you're lucky enough to be there when the monks are singing Vespers, well it's other worldly.

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Lake Forest, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Walking the path towards the abbey, rewards you with the views and the silence of the hills around you and the now harvested lavendar fields in front of a very picturesque Abbey and Church. Inside the simple, not overly decorated Romanesque Church you get a feeling of the spiritual rituals that have taken place here since 1148 A.D. We did... More

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Middlewich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Drove for a while to get here expecting lovely views and smells and found what was a fairly scrubby area with dead looking lavender. Biggest disappointment when we were in Provence. Lavender everywhere except in its most iconic place.

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Giv'atayim, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The abbey is 10 min by car from Gordes. Beautiful and well treated abbey building and gardens. Spectacular place, cycled by lavender fields. The are no English tours, but only French ones. Worth short visit.

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gdynia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This XII century monastery is in mint condition... it has an amazing aura that has made me sit down in wonder of the simplicity and power of the interior. Moreover this place is alive with the resident monks, even though they were nowhere to be seen when I visited - they have their own work I'm sure. Near the abbaye... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Senanque abbey is a special place quiet great to relax look out for the lavende in full bloom June July amazing also don't forget your camera

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

About 5 km from Gordes we came late in the day, at 5pm, and did the French-only tour of the abbey which takes about 45 minutes (English pamphlets are available) - 7 euros pp. The tour was quite drawn out as we had to wait for the rather animated female guide to tell the story in French which seems to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The whole Abbey n its surrounding smells of Lavender.Rows and rows of Lavender can be seen here.Best time to see is during the flowering time. U must take your time and immersed yourself in the surroundings!

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The abbey of Senaque is a few kilometres from Gordes and is worth a visit. It is a beautiful building with a church/chapel attached set in beautiful lavender fields that are tended by the Cistercian monks. It is possible to go on a tour of the abbey which is in French and requires sober clothing as befits a religious community.... More

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