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Address: 4 km (2 mi) N of Gordes (via D177), 84220 Gordes, France
Phone Number: 04-90-72-05-72
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Description: Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique example of...
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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Small Group Provence and Lavender Museum Day Trip from Avignon

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So Much History and Tradition

If you are anywhere near this place, you should make a point visit. The location is beautiful and serene. The grounds are lovely and showcase both the lavender fields as well as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We were touring by ourselves and had just left Gordes when we decided to see this abbey. The drive here is fabulous---you go through some incredibly beautiful rural farmland and small remote villes when you come upon the abbey on the valley floor below you. What an awesome sight. Unfortunately we arrived about 10 minutes after the last tour and... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

If you are anywhere near this place, you should make a point visit. The location is beautiful and serene. The grounds are lovely and showcase both the lavender fields as well as the 850 year-old Abbey buildings in a way that makes you feel you have stepped back in time. We hiked to the Abbey as part of our walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Nestled in a valley in the Luberon, this 12th century abbey is in a beautiful remote setting amidst fields of lavender (unfortunately, not in bloom until later in the year). We happened to arrive around noon, which was the scheduled time for a German language tour, but the guide was very kind and gracious to conduct it in English, given... More 

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Nonthaburi, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Worth the trip, but must go on a clear day. The lavender was not as dense as thought, but it does give a photogenic opportunity for those who visit.

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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This small community of Cistercian monks is a MUST-SEE for anyone visiting this area during July and August. This is when the lavender is at full bloom! The Abbaye is not a tourist site or museum but an actual monastery. Tours are available but only in French. We did not find it necessary to have a guide as the 12th... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I arrived at this Cistercian Abbey while out exploring the area in and around Gordes on a run that had taken me through densely shaded woodland. Coming down the hill into the grounds of the abbey, I was instantly struck by the pervading sense of tranquility and peacefulness. While there were large numbers of visitors around (it was the month... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The Cistercians have a reputation for seeking out some of the most beautiful settings to build abbeys and Senanque is no exception! Both the building and the grounds are utterly breathtaking. You will not be experiencing it in sublime near solitude, though! The parking lot filled with buses is the first clue. However, this is not a reason to miss... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The best time to visit the Abbey is during summer where the lavenders are fully bloomed. The whole area smells of lavender as soon as you drive into the parking lot. There are a fair bit of area to walk abt including the Abbey. The souvenir has a lot to offer if you are looking for souvenirs. Simply an aromatic... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Unless you are near Gordes or staying near the Abbey, the drive might be a bit much. However, if you are going to make it, plan to take your time and make a day of it. The Abbey grounds are beautiful and and smell of lavender can be quite overwhelming. The gift shop offers a nice variety of abbey-made lavender... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We drove here, along a hilly, winding road in the countryside. The abbey buildings are simple and unornamented, according to Cistercian custom. The abbey is still functioning today, with monks living on the property. The church is massive and impressive: very simple interior with light pouring into the dark space from windows up on high. No elaborate stained glass here.... More 

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