Abbaye Notre-Dame de Cîteaux

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Cîteaux, Saint-Nicolas-les-Citeaux

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Cîteaux

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Cîteaux
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9:45 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:30 PM
About
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 Strict Observance. It has about 30 brothers committed to following a certain lifestyle : the art of seeking God, knowing one self, fraternity through prayer, work, reading, living together and leading ascetic life.A spiritual and cultural voyage through the 900 years of Cîteaux’s history will enable you to get acquainted with Cistercian art, Medieval limming, a XVe century library and a XVIIe century noviciate. All visits are guided and limited to 25 people (1H15), it’s recommended to reserve. Film : “Cîteaux, a tree of life” (22min.)
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2-3 hours
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Doric
Salisbury, UK587 contributions
Tranquil place for an hour or two
Sep 2020 • Couples
It’s a short (15 minute) drive from Vougeot to see where it all started. There’s enough explanation in English to give you a sense of the place and the life of the 35 monks who live there today. We didn’t spend money on the guided tour, fearing that it might be in French only. There’s a shop, and you can visit the modern chapel without charge.
Written September 11, 2020
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Irrashimasse
Kansas City277 contributions
Visited a 900 Year Old Abbey Lately?
May 2017 • Friends
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, specializing in cheesemaking. The tour is of old, preserved structures rebuilt through the centuries. You cannot tour the portion actively occupied by the monks, though you can catch glimpses of them on their side of the property. Old cloisters where books were copied are preserved and displayed, as is the old library and orphanage area. A very interesting place with a very rich and long history. Nice gift shop for locally produced wares as well. Very much worth an hour or two of your time.
Written October 25, 2017
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schmidtmg
Switzerland897 contributions
For those interested in religious history
May 2017 • Family
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. While most of the original buildings of the Abbaye no longer exist, the tour of the premises - about 75 minutes long - is well worth it. You will learn many details about the Cistercinensian order, the history of the abbey founded in 1098, and the lives of the monks - of which there are currently 24...... we liked best the old library building, and the explanations related to book writing and bookbinding by the monks in mediaeval times.
Written May 29, 2017
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David F
Seattle130 contributions
Waisted two hours!
Oct 2016 • Friends
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 the tour! It was a total waste of an afternoon. There is so much to see and do in Burgundy, so your time would be best spent elsewhere.
Written October 23, 2016
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Tracey C
11 contributions
History history!
Jul 2016 • Family
Fascinating historical spot - with beautiful grounds and exhibits. And the odd monk doing his thing. ...work or prayer.

Written July 4, 2016
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LMOverby
Columbia, MO1,841 contributions
maybe more interesting is you're fluent in French...
Jun 2016 • Solo
... 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 course that's not open to visits. Guides speak only French; Anglophone visitors are given a sheaf of papers with some limited notes on them, but there is clearly more information from the guide. If I had it to do over again, I'd skip this.
Written June 26, 2016
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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 that it’s of course not a perfect solution but we are doing our best to receive any of us in the best conditions. We hope you enjoyed the place anyway. Best regards,
Written July 1, 2016
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Clement CH
Lausanne, Switzerland385 contributions
Peaceful and historical place
May 2016 • Family
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 years of history and prayers in one place. It is quite unique. Many books back in the 11th and 12th centuries came from citeaux. Great experience for history and religion enthusiasts.
Written May 10, 2016
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sharlan
Royal Oak, MI28 contributions
Tour is in French only
Sep 2015 • Couples
This is a lovely place and quite historic, I think. The tour guides speak only French. English speaking guests receive a written guide.
Written October 26, 2015
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  • Tue - Sat 9:45 AM - 6:30 PM
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