Abbaye de Pontigny

Abbaye de Pontigny

Abbaye de Pontigny
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ChrisandMick60
Montaren-et-Saint-Mediers, France536 contributions
Austere
Sep 2021
Sing posting from the carpark could be made easier to see as it is on the opposite side of the road and out of sight despite its size. A very formidable screen separates the Abbey which is the largest Cistercian Abbey in the world. It is the first Abbey that we have been to that is totally devoid of any sort of decoration, including stained glass windows. None the less still worth a visit. The highlight of our visit was the harp being played, it sounded wonderful.
Written September 30, 2021
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ovo777
Yerevan, Armenia42 contributions
Magnificent!
Sep 2019 • Family
Very nice old abbey in the heart of burgundy. No monks anymore but still celebrations on sundays. Lovely to see the abbey arriving by car from saint Florentin.
Written September 5, 2019
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal18,667 contributions
Stop-over in the small village of Pontigny.
Aug 2018 • Solo
On our way to Belgium we had a stop-over in the small French village of Pontigny, and we took the time to visit the “Abbey of Pontigny”. The Abbey Pontigny is what you can call an old monastery of the Cistercian order. It has being founded in the year 1114, this is north of Burgundy, today in the town of Pontigny, in the department of Yonne (France), and she is the second of the first four daughters of Cîteaux. It has been closed to the French Revolution, and it was then also largely destroyed; it still retains the largest Cistercian church in the world, which takes place, since 1954, cathedral at the Mission de France. An amazing place to visit, you would never think to find this in a small village like Pontigny, we were very pleased that we stopped here for a visit, we can warmly recommend this location
Written October 11, 2018
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Rudaphil
Lowell, MA25 contributions
A haven of peace and fascinating ancient history.
Jul 2018 • Couples
Haven of silence and peacefulness on your way to where life is taking you. Ample parking by the old market structure across the street, plan to spend a moment of deep calm and reflect on the rich ancient history (English clergy presence is remarkable). If open, the town cemetery is worth a walk-through. Not the highest item on your priority list of famous places but the pleasure to spend a moment there is undeniable.
Written July 20, 2018
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fssutton1
Charleston, SC746 contributions
Impressive
Nov 2017 • Couples
If you are into medieval structures then detour to see this. It is very impressive. The site is free to visit with limited information. Very impressive if nothing else due to its size.
Written November 29, 2017
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myboyke
Kimbolton, UK90 contributions
Well worth a detour
Sep 2017 • Couples
If you happen to be in the area well worth popping in to see.
The building itself is large-you wonder how it could be built.
Inside nothing too special, a large space with little in it apart from an archbishop of Canterbury who is interred there.

If you have a motorhome nice site nearby in the village.
Written September 9, 2017
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callebat
Paris, France78 contributions
Beauty, spirit
Dec 2016 • Family
One of the Abbeys to visit in Burgundy. Check opening hours before on internet. The church is most worth seeing, a rare piece of gothic art. Full of charm, beauty, spirit.
Written January 3, 2017
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10Alpaca10
Milan, Italy95 contributions
Lovely place to visit near Chablis
Jul 2016 • Friends
A beautiful 12th century abbey founded by the Cistercian monks and later in the 1800s saw the development of Chablis wine. Very simple interior but the natural light is stunning. There are concerts and exhibitions for most of the year, though it is closed in the winter.
Written November 2, 2016
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sateldegaman
Talladega, AL236 contributions
Out-of-the-way but worth the trip
Aug 2016
Pontigny's abbey is not on the beaten path but it is worth a visit. It is massive and instills a sense of wonder that such buildings were often put up in the middle of nowhere. I often wonder where all the workers came from to build churches like this in towns as small as Pontigny.
Written September 14, 2016
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LMOverby
Columbia, MO1,841 contributions
stunning sight
Jun 2016 • Solo
There is something about driving up to the Abbaye de Pontigny, as it seems to float on the surrounding fields. It is an austere, wonderful example of Cisterian architecture, but not much visited ... indeed, the morning I was there, I had the entire place to myself. Sadly, there is not much in the way of interpretative information at the Abbaye, so you'll need to read up on it ahead of time, and then take your time to soak up the peaceful ambience. Free.
Written June 22, 2016
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