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Abbaye de Fontenay

Marmagne, 21500 Montbard, France
+33 3 80 92 15 00
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... Cistercian abbey in a wonderful green setting. Worth a visit but not an absolutely must to see... read more

Reviewed yesterday
BURGWIN
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Melbourne, Australia
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Impressive and peaceful - worth a detour

Have visited Fontenay Abbey before and was yet again impressed by the majesty and peace of this... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jane M
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The Abbey of Fontenay was founded by Saint Bernard in 1118. It is one of the oldest Cistercian abbeys in Europe. The Romanesque architecture offers a remarkable unity to all buildings remained intact since the Middle Ages. The Abbey was transformed into a paper mill after the French Revolution by the family Montgolfier and was bought back in 1906 by Edouard Aynard, the ancestor of the present owners who continue on safeguarding this masterpiece of Romanesque art. The old Abbey of Fontenay (12th century) was one of the first monuments to be inscribed on the Unesco world heritage list. This classification has distinguished the exceptional value of Fontenay and its environment. Free Parking and gift shop.
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Marmagne, 21500 Montbard, France
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

... Cistercian abbey in a wonderful green setting. Worth a visit but not an absolutely must to see. I prefer Cluny to this site. It is remarkably well restored and gives you a perfect impression how this strict Cistercian communion worked and lived. The bookstore...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Have visited Fontenay Abbey before and was yet again impressed by the majesty and peace of this place. The information on the leaflet was just about sufficient to help the visitor understand the function and history of each part of the building However, in an...More

Thank Jane M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A second visit to this beautiful Cistercian abbey, timeless and stunning. Shame that visitors wander behind the high altar with dogs..... obviously don't understand respect of its past existence as a place of prayer.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This UNESCO heritage abbey plunges you in the lives of monks 1000 years ago. The calm, beauty and simplicity of the place are enchanting. The cloister and the monks dormitory are must sees.

Thank Tanmouss
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Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear visitor from Norway Thank you very much fro your visit, kind comment, and beautiful pictures of Fontenay We are glad you enjoyed your visit

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Reviewed July 11, 2018

We stopped off at the Abbaye de Fontenay while travelling between Auxerre and Dijon and spent about half an hour wandering around the site, I'm not sure I would have gone out of my way to visit but it was pleasant to walk around the...More

Thank Knight H
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Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Visitor, We are glad you enjoyed your visit en route to Dijon. Thank you for your appreciation of the maintenance of the Abbey. Please note that a cafe is planned, but requires the proper permits in such a historical site.

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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful setting in the French countryside well preserved and impeccably maintained. The self guided tour was sufficient to get a sense of what life was like 900 years ago. The main chapel is impressive in its austereness. Focus on the prayer not the trappings. Lightly...More

Thank Phil R
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Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your visit at Fontenay and your kind comment. The maintenance team puts its pride in maintaining the place in a pristine condition, receiving the prestigious "jardin remarquable" every 5 years.

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Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

This was a stop on a half day tour we did with Authentica Tours out of Dijon. The Abbaye de Fontenay is a well-cared for privately owned former abbey that today is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was founded by Cistercian monks in 1118....More

Thank Kay M
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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

I was a bit dubious about paying to visit the cloisters but was so pleased that we did. The visit takes place around the four sides of the cloister with a walk around the central garden if you wish. The audio guide was excellent and...More

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Reviewed June 14, 2018

This abbey is a real treat to see. It's amazing that it survived the French Revolution largely in tact and un-destroyed.

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Reviewed June 4, 2018

The Abbey at Fontenay now is in private hands, and so some areas are out of bounds. The restorations already completed and those being undergone make this wonderful relic of Christendom a definite place to visit.

Thank Denise C
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Bellahollic
August 2, 2018|
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Response from Direction_Abbaye | Property representative |
Good morning. Thank you for your interest in Abbaye de Fontenay. The abbey can be visited in about 1 hour, with the choice of self tour or guided tour (timings can be found on the webite, link not allowed here). Fontenay is... More
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Patty S
August 8, 2017|
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Response from Direction_Abbaye | Property representative |
Hello Sorry for not answering earlier. It is of course entirely possible to have a private guided tour in english. Please contact us directly at by mail or through our website (indicated on our tripadvisor page) to book if... More
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Response from Direction_Abbaye | Property representative |
Hello Thank you for your question Abbaye de Fontenay is just 6km away from Montbard. It should take you about 20 minutes. it is mostly flat, an easy ride! We hope to welcome you soon at Abbaye de Fontenay
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