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Abbey of Thoronet

Address: Btwn Draguignan and Brignolesb, 83340 Le Thoronet, France
Phone Number: +33 4 94 60 43 90
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Type: Religious sites, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Abbaye du Thoronet was built at the end of the 12th century. It is one of the "Three Sisters of...
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Type: Religious sites, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Abbaye du Thoronet was built at the end of the 12th century. It is one of the "Three Sisters of Provence" (with Senanque and Silvacane Abbeys) and one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture. The whole monastery is a forceful expression of the simplicity and precision of the order of Saint Bernard. Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Sundays: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.).> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Aberdeenshire Scotland
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106 reviews 106 reviews
52 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Visited when on a cycling holiday. Built between 1160 &1190 this is the oldest of the 3 Cistercian Abbeys in Provence. The day we visited was very quiet, enjoyed our visit.

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novara
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Charming and interesting place to be seen. I suggest to go well before the closing time because the visit takes a while and the personell starts to close the doors of the site 30/20 minutes before,

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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232 reviews 232 reviews
55 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

At 7€50 a head one might expect to see a more polished display. While the plot has been updated since we last visited over 10 years ago it lacks simples things like information plaques. Most of the rooms are empty and the architecture is fairly simple (as was appropriate for a monastery.) For the money they charge they could make... More 

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Liguria, Italy
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30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The abbey is a perfect example of Cisterician architecture and can only be enjoyed for its austerity of decoration. The parts to be visited can easily inspire a notion of how the monks lived and it is amusing to find that the "lay brothers" did all the work while the monks prayed.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The Abbey is certainly an impressive historic monument and well worth a visit just to see the simple grandeur of a restored 12th century Cistercian building. However the 7.5 euros charged for entry is not good value for money. Considering it is an historic monument of considerable global importance and attracts thousands of non-French visitors every year it might be... More 

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Holmdel, New Jersey
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103 reviews 103 reviews
50 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This abbey is deserted now, but the main church was very interesting. It was very stark, with only two statues in the entire church, and a very plain altar. You can park across the street; there is a little bar/restaurant there if you need refreshments. We ate our lunch sitting on a large rock. Entrance fee is 7 euro.

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Le Thoronet, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

About 5km from the picturesque village of Le Thoronet with plenty of free parking opposite. Partly restored, plenty to see and a wonderful place for some quiet reflection. 7€ entry with a short descriptive map on entry.

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Grenoble, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A beautiful Cistercian Abbey lost in the middle of deep Provence, quite moving, a really nice place to visit, rich in culture and emotions, although the mice droppings in one of the best parts of the building AND the garden in the cloister could be taken care of. However, the extreme rudeness of the young woman / guide who impatiently... More 

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

One of the most remarkable Cistercian abbeys. Quiet place, well restored, hidden in the Provence, a very nice place if you like old, historical places...

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

While staying in Theoule during the summer, our afternoons are spent seeing the sights of the Cote d' Azur. This year, we came across The Abbey du Thoronet while driving around and boy, am I glad we decided to stop and visit. This medieval Abbaye is nestled in the midst of trees and vineyards. It is a little treasure. This... More 

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