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Address: Btwn Draguignan and Brignolesb, 83340 Le Thoronet, France
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+33 4 94 60 43 90
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The Abbaye du Thoronet was built at the end of the 12th century. It is one...

The Abbaye du Thoronet was built at the end of the 12th century. It is one of the "Three Sisters of Provence" (with Senanque and Silvacane Abbeys) and one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture. The whole monastery is a forceful expression of the simplicity and precision of the order of Saint Bernard. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Sundays: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.). > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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a great step back in time

you can really feel history when you walk through the beautiful buildings. Would love to have the chance to take part in a service in the very nice church on sundays.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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95 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

you can really feel history when you walk through the beautiful buildings. Would love to have the chance to take part in a service in the very nice church on sundays.

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Fife
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

A must see, beautiful place so peaceful and picturesque couldn't put my camera down it was 7.50 euros but worth it, check times before visiting or you will be disappointed.

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Went on a last minute decision,worth a visit. Very well organised, very National Trust, with the gift shop etc. What did it for me was the acoustics in the main part of the Abbey, where we were treated to a Gregorian chant by a member of the public (we thought he was part of the Abbey staff, to show the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

The Abbey itself is as lovely as we expected (other than the parched grounds). Very tranquil, friendly place. But the real treat was the concert rehearsal we were lucky enough to happen upon. It was one of the most unexpected, surprisingly moving experiences that I've been lucky enough to have. I would highly recommend combining the beauty of this space... More 

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Thank therealmissrita
Belfast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Check opening and closing times before you set out. They say they close at 6.30 pm but we, and another family, were turned away at 5.55 pm despite having checked on their website first.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

A cool oasis on a warm day. Walk peacefully through ancient cloisters and stone halls. An hour covers the site well, try to avoid being caught in the proximity of tour groups as the acoustics are such that this ruins the tranquility of the spaces.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

We were fortunate in being able to hear French and Corsican monastic choirs perform side by side one July evening. Acoustics good but if was very very inside the abbey even late at night. Bring a cushion for any concerts you go to. Security very much in presence after events in France recently.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

This is a beautiful place giving an insight into the simple life led by Cistercian monks in the 12th century See photos Combine a visit with a special lunch in the Michelin star Le Relais des Moines in nearby Les Arcs

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

After a short term decision in the morning I decided to visit the abbey of Thoronet. It's a little bit hidden in the forest but you are going to find your way. They placed signs everywhere. I arrived short before they opened around 10 am. Unfortunately some other visitors were already waiting outside too (it was high season). It's a... More 

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Arrived at 18:05 after a long drive and they wouldn't let us in even though we were perfectly willing to pay full price for a VERY short visit, just to be able to see the main building. What's more, we were treated rudely by the women who work there. We instead went to Abbaye du Senanque the next day, which... More 

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