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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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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
Owner description: Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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Burlington, Vermont
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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61 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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35 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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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