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Senanque Abbey

Address: 4 km (2 mi) N of Gordes (via D177), 84220 Gordes, France
Phone Number: 04-90-72-05-72
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Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Gordes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique...
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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New Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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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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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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