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“Beautiful restful place”
Review of Abbey of Thoronet

Abbey of Thoronet
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Owner description: 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
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful restful place”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Lovely abbey, well restored, set in the forest. We spent a couple of hours here. It is beautiful, there are a few ponds and fountains that add to the beauty. Entrance price 7.5Euros per head. There is a good cafe kiosk in the parking area for the abbey, in the woods on the other side of the road. We just had hot chocolate, but the salads that others had ordered looked amazing.

Visited September 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“visit if you are in the area, not worth a detour”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

The abbey is in a wonderful location - but a lot of abbeys are. It is interesting but it isn't very large when compared to some of the abbeys in England which take a couple of hours to go round. We went round le Thoronet in about 40 minutes. We also had the problem with the leaflet in English which didn't help. All in all its quite an expensive outing.
We visited in a weekday in September, the car park was full and the cafe wasn't open. There was a gift shop which WAS open, very little tat but quite expensive.

Visited September 2013
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london
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Expensive for what it is”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Went as it was a must see in the area. Interesting place full of history. Car park very busy, and very expensive for what it is, you even have to pay extra for a guide book.

Visited August 2013
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Alberta
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth The Visit”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Great place to visit. There are no English tour guides but nonetheless keep your eye on the French guides. They will sing at the end of the tour when they get to the abbey church. There were no tours between 12:00 and 2:30 so time your visit.

Visited July 2013
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Holte, Denmark
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fantastic historical site”
Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

It's impressive to imagine that a few munks used 70 years to clear a wilderness and erect these beautiful buildings 900 years ago. It's a must see if you visit this area. I have however to warn you: Don't read the English description which is handed to you when you buy the ticket. You will only be confused. The numbers referring to the buildings are totally mixed up. Get it in French instead. We told the officials and they knew already, but they still handed the descriptions out, which makes it even worse.

Visited July 2013
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