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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Citeaux

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In 1098, a group of monks from Molesme Abbey arrived to an out way location – the Cîteaux forest – in order to lead a simple life, in line with the teaching of Gospel. Today, the Cîteaux Abbey is a community belonging to the Order of cistercians of...more
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Abbaye de Citeaux, 21700 Saint-Nicolas-les-Citeaux, France
+33 3 80 61 32 58
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Reviewed October 25, 2017

Friends and I toured this old abbey on the way back to Beaujolais from Burgundy. This place was founded by St. Bernard in the 1100's and is the first Cistercian abbey in the world. Grounds are immaculately maintained and it still functions as an abbey,...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2017

The Abbaye de Citeaux is located a few kms from Nuits St. Georges and is best accessed by car. Only guided tours in French are offered, and it is best to book those in advance, as any tour should not include more than 25 participants....More

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Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

The history of the Abbaye is fascinating. However, most of the original buildings have been lost. The tour takes 1 1/4 hours, and is only done in French. English speaking guests are given a written explanation which does not relate to what you see on...More

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Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Fascinating historical spot - with beautiful grounds and exhibits. And the odd monk doing his thing. ...work or prayer.

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Reviewed June 26, 2016

... if you're not, the tour is frustrating. There is not a lot at the abbey to see. Most of the historic buildings were destroyed, leaving little of historical interest to see. The abbey is a working facility, with 20+ monks in residence, but of...More

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Jean-Luc G, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Citeaux, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2016

Dear visitors, Thank you for your visit and your comment. Don’t feel disappointed: our leaflet is just as full of information as the guide’s speech. We try to give any visitor the same information, in order that every one can understand the place. We know...More

Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

I visited the Abbaye with friends. The is actually the only Cistercian monastery where you can enter the cloisters! If you love history and speak French ( yes the lady who did the tour only spoke French ) this is a must see. Nearly 1000...More

Thank Clem C
Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is a lovely place and quite historic, I think. The tour guides speak only French. English speaking guests receive a written guide.

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