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Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique example of a Cistercian abbey and still an active monastery.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
| D177a, 84220, Gordes, France
+33 4 90 72 05 72
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The setting is great. The building a clear example of Cistercian arquitectura. The guided visit is recommended.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we didn't go into the Abbaye- we enjoyed taking photos of the lavender field in front - it was a beautiful setting!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank DebbieRiley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if capturing the perfect Instagram picture here is not quite doable, the abbey is still a gorgeous, quiet site in a gorgeous setting. Walking around the grounds (for free) and smelling the lavender was worth the drive. If you do drive, be sure to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank joeyr880
Reviewed August 7, 2019

If the reason for your visit is to get a great picture of lavender fields with the Abbey in the background, you may be disappointed. I know it will be hard to talk you out of it after the pictures you've seen on the Internet....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 967ModernArt
Reviewed August 2, 2019

I am French and will have hard time to talk negatively about this amazing monument... BUT seriously I have been extremely disappointed of how rude and impatient the staff was, just unhappy to be here, annoyed that you are asking questions and I could go...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Delphine G
Reviewed July 26, 2019 via mobile

Found the place extremely busy with Chinese tourists, who appeared oblivious to what was going on round them and trying to get the “lavender picture” Shame the monument was like that Shop with normal tourist stuff, no cafe or food for tow tired cyclists

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 25, 2019 via mobile

We did an early morning walk. A little hilly and choice of road or stony path for most of the way. Take water and breakfast back in Gordes

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank brianearlsfield
Reviewed July 24, 2019

Would you believe this monastery almost got sold off stone by stone? Thanks to a few individuals, preservation had been carried through and it stands nowadays for us to enjoy. The curvaceous road up the mountain to the monastery is quite unexpected since I'm prone...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Darthguppy
Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

When we visited the lavender had probably already been cropped a few times so we weren’t able to experience the full beauty of the place. Also we unfortunately came when the monks were in prayer (11-13.30) so we couldn’t visit the inside of the monastery....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank johanhager
Reviewed July 19, 2019 via mobile

The abbey is lovely, but the number of people is overwhelming. Get there early and don’t park on the road. There is parking by the abbey. If you do not speak French, they’ll give you a “histopad.” Spend a little time figuring it out at...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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June 30, 2018|
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Response from jochens224 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I did visit the abbey in winter time. As we were staying in a hotel in Gordes it was only a 10++ minute drive. Therefore we just went there. It has a shop area were you can go without booking, of course :-) Within that... More
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Response from NatD123 | Reviewed this property |
We are here now and the lavender is just starting in the higher altitudes and not quite in full bloom here in the valley yet. I am told it will be done in a couple of weeks, but I find that hard to believe. Still a air... More