Abbaye de Fontfroide
Abbaye de Fontfroide
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corindac2018
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We were lucky enough to visit the Abbey when it was not at all busy (I suspect this is not normal for the height of summer.) The information people where you buy your ticket are more than helpful, and we were able to wander around unimpaired. The cloister is truly special, and the stained glass in the Abbey church is stunning.
Written August 14, 2020
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Thanks a lot corindac2018 !
Written August 21, 2020
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chaletaria
London, United Kingdom548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Beautiful abbey just outside Narbonne (you need transport). In an excellent state of repair and an informative leaflet (although the downloadable PDF is better- available French, English, Spanish). The cloisters are interesting, as are the gardens, but the piece de resistance is the church with its incredible stained glass windows. We came back in the evening to watch the light show (10-midnight). We were concerned that we would just see everything again, but in the evening, but the show was completely different and an excellent evening experience. The beautifully done show in the tour d’honneur/ courtyard (french only) was the highlight, as was a nice light show in the Louis XIV courtyard. Not too expensive (unless you opt for their meal+show, which we didn’t).
Written August 11, 2020
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publiussulla
Seattle, WA293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
If you love history and architecture this should be a must place to visit. We spent about an hour touring through this place. There is a pay to enter side and a free side that asks for a donation. My suggestion is to do the free side only as the other side does not really show very much in my opinion. The whole tour took about 40 mins and is competely self guided. Parking is a brisk walk to the abbey. My only issue is you really need to pay attention to the signage as we missed it and found ourselves wandering about the old town which is ok too!
Written April 22, 2023
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ChrisandMick60
Montaren-et-Saint-Mediers, France560 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Arriving at the car park two attendants lifted the red tape isolating the handicapped parking area. Short walk brought us to the Covid checkpoint, neither of us had a temperature so onto the main entrance. Friendly and helpful staff. The Abbey is a magnificent building and the stained glass windows are not to be missed. I would admit that the signs for which direction to take for the self guided tour could be larger, better placed or more of them. The route was not obvious. The gardens to the rear of the Abbey are beautifuI and worth seeing. However the other two routes do have a number of steps and handicapped or people with mobility problems might find them too difficult to attempt, certainly not accessible for wheelchairs. We were fortunate that the weekend we visited there was a medieval re-enactment group from Carcassonne as well a falconry display team. Seeing these magnificent birds in reality is a totally different experience to seeing them on TV. Absolutely amazing. A delicious lunch was being served in the refectory.
Written June 30, 2021
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Julie R
Bizanet, France24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Absolutely love this place as everyone says, the architecture is stunning as is the location. The gardens in the old graveyard is a beautiful peaceful place to sit, smell (roses and herbs)and dream.
The abbey cloisters are equally peaceful and beautiful and then the stained glass in the church itself along with those cathedral high ceilings is such a stunning place to book into a concert.
And definitely eat at the restaurant with family or friends. Great food and great value in a lovely buzzy atmosphere 5*
Written January 9, 2023
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,613 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This site was along our travel route from city to city, so we took a slight detour off the highway. It is an old abbey that was purchased and converted to a winery and art gallery. Much of the old architecture is intact and, as you wander through the buildings, there are plaques describing the building and what was used for. In several spots there is artwork. A rose garden is outback, containing 30+ varieties of roses. If it’s along your driving route, I would visit. I wouldn’t drive a couple hours to see it. Not recommended.
Written October 15, 2021
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Dear Curtis S, for information Fontfroide has not been turned into a winery, however the abbey does have vineyards and we produce wines, some of which have won awards. The abbey is an architectural complex open to visitors, but many cultural activities are also organised there: exhibitions, concerts, artists' residencies, etc. Nature plays a very important role at Fontfroide with a rose garden, terraced gardens and a massif open to walks and discovery. Kind regards,
Written December 27, 2021
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Robbie O'Neill
Dublin, Ireland70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Arrive early. This opens at 9.30. We did and it is like having etc place to oneself. It is a magnificent abbey, cistercian, so somewhat austere, although additions have given some stained glass and other frivolities, and the cloisters are quite beautiful without any addition other than a stone roof! The gardens are worth the visit in their own right.
Written August 19, 2021
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Marek S
Swarzedz, Poland9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Medieval abbey in southern France. Very well-kept buildings and garden. No longer used fot its original purpose, it has been renovated and made available to the public. A rare opportunity to see how the monks lived. In addition to the abbey, there are three walking routes for exploring the area.
Written May 5, 2022
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Bobman
Bobcaygeon, Canada190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The abbey offers beautiful architecture and is a photographers delight. Although not as ornate as many later abbeys, the stark simplicity of the buildings is impressive. Hard to imagine the vast amount of sheer human effort theat built this place. Highly recommended.
Written May 19, 2022
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Steve M
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Upon arrival, around 17:00, we noticed many visitors had already left. This allowed for a peaceful and tranquil visit with still the evening sun pouring down on us in the gardens. Lot's of parking space, with a nice driveway up to the abbey. The abbey itself is nicely restored and gives some insights (through the pamflet) on how life could have been. Even the kids (5 and 11) enjoyed the visit and walk around the garden. We did however not do the entire outdoor visit.
Written August 17, 2020
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Dear SteveM7548, we are glad to her you and your kids enjoyed your visit. Thanks a lot for your visit.
Written August 21, 2020
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