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Senanque Abbey

4 km (2 mi) N of Gordes (via D177), 84220 Gordes, France
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Ranked #4 of 20 Attractions in Gordes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Go before the lavender harvest to get the prettiest views of this beautiful abbey- the fields run out in front of the building and make for a stunning display

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Les Planches-pres-Arbois, France
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This Abbey was so lovely and calming. Guided tours in French only and take about an hour. But they provide English etc. sheets telling you about the abbey so that you can tour on your own. They have some amazing Lavender products in the shop which come from some other Lavender grown by the Monks (as this is a working... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
36 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Abbey is beautiful, it is free to visit the church itself, but that it is, it takes about 15 minutes to finish with the free stuff. Then you decide to enter the abbey to get a feeling about this still working monastery daily routine. There is not any monks around! Little school girls help you around, they tell you... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Somehow Senanque manages to absorb huge numbers of visitors who are increasingly Chinese and Japanese. Like many other nations they are attracted by the photogenic lavender fields which front onto the Abbey. A visit to the Abbey is worthwhile and the shop has an excellent selection of CDs, books and gifts but for me the place to be is the... More

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New York City, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I don't know if I would rave about this church if I visited when the lavendar was not in bloom. Luckily, we were there in lavendar season and the view was better than any computer screen saver. Sadly, very crowded with tourists, but I recommend a walk around the rear of the abbey for more peaceful contemplation.

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Potomac, Maryland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Don't do what we did - we parked along the hillside road like all the other cars to find the parking lot directly in front of the site was completely open. Save yourself a hike! Stunning photo opportunity. Glad we stopped!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Riding into the Abbaye is just as scenic and beautiful as arriving. The lavander fields growing on the property were aromatic and a perfect backdrop for photos. Many tourists were there trying to get the same shot so you had to be patient to get that perfect photo. Some day I would like to go back to experience the chants.... More

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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a must see for anyone visiting Provence in the summer. The lavender fields growing next to the abbey are among the most photographed places in all of Provence, and with good reason. You simply can't find a more beautiful, representative attraction in Provence.

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Wemmel, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very nice scenery. If you didn't have the chance before, here's the place to take a picture in the middle of a lavenderfield. Take care, only outside the abbaye walls, you may enter between the lavander. There is a sign in 4 languages and even then, people manage to 'ignore' ....Shame ! Keep the fields immaculate for every visitor who... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I like th valley just before coming . The lavande fields et the cistercienne abbaye in a jewel. I have assied to the office Sunday with the gregorian chants> Unforgetable, To me Senanque is a pearl of Western civilisation.

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