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Address: 4 Senanque, 84220, Gordes, France
Phone Number: 04-90-72-05-72
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Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique example of...

Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique example of a Cistercian abbey and still an active monastery.

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Beautiful abbey in a lovely area

Walked across the top of the hill from the campsite we were staying in above Gordes (Tip - don't do this on a windy day!!) to this stunning abbey. Unfortunately there were no... read more

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Walked across the top of the hill from the campsite we were staying in above Gordes (Tip - don't do this on a windy day!!) to this stunning abbey. Unfortunately there were no tours when we arrived, but we were able to wander around and go inside the main church building. Extremely peaceful. Definitely worth a look if you're in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A pure architecture with no décoration( except the lavender :-)) the best way for the monks to focus on prayer...A Real historical way of life

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Esperance, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We grabbed some baguettes from the boulangerie in Gordes and took the walking trail across the hill to the Abbey. Had lunch looking down over the Abbey and the lavender fields and only passed two other couples on the track. A lot of people at the Abbey as mid summer but worth a visit and walking off all the cheese... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Senanque Abbey is so beautiful and peaceful, it's well worth the drive around the windy mountain to get there. It's nestled away, so not something you would spot easily if you don't know about it. Absolutely gorgeous views! They only do one English tour of the abbey per week (a strange choice given how many tourists come here), so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lavender and the monastery was not at all special, but the two combined in a lush valley was very beautiful. I wouldn't recommend going into the monastery though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This abbey is located in a beautiful spot, 2 km from the amazing Gordes village. It has a very interesting history. You can only visit it with a guide and advance reservation is recommended. Our guide was excellent.

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Iasi, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Senanque Abbey (12th century) in spring, so the famous lavender field in front of it, which one can see in most pictures of Provence, was not in bloom. However, the old Cistercian abbey is so beautiful, and the place is so serene, so peaceful, that is worth visiting any time of the year. We absolutely loved it! They... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not far from Gordes village, 1 hour French tour visit. Not really need to book online. A bit disappointed by the lavender field.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went early in the morning, before it got crowded. The road down to the Abbey is quite curvy, steep, and small, so it is an adventure getting there. There are many places to see lavender in Provence, but seeing the Abbey in the background with the rows of lavender in bloom in front of it was gorgeous. Go in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are not lucky enough to find parking at the church parking lot, be prepared for quite the walk. It is magnificent from the outside with all the Lavender in bloom and smells just wonderful! You are not aloud to walk in most of this but some on the left hand side is permitted (a great spot for pictures).... More 

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