Abbaye de Silvacane, La Roque-d'Antheron

#27 of 102 in Historic Sites in Bouches-du-Rhone
Religious Site · Historic Site
Originally, a Cistercian monastert in La Roque-d’Antheron, Rhone, France, and the abbey was founded in the twelfth century. The government of France bought the estate in the mid nineteenth century, but acquired the rest of the buildings only about a century later. It is one of the three Cistercian abbeys in Provence known as the "three sisters of Provence" ("les trois soeurs provençales"), the other two being Sénanque Abbey and Le Thoronet Abbey; Silvacane was possibly the last-established. The structures, of the late 12th and 13th centuries, are mostly Romanesque, with some Gothic elements. Discover how to plan a La Roque-d'Antheron trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Its a sister to the provancal Abbeyes at Senanque and Le Thoronet. Well worth an hour but not much more. Its very stark but that's the way it was in the C13.  more »
  • Not a lot of things to see inside except vast spaces, but it is the vastness that gives you a sense of just how important this monastery was. Unlike Senanque, it is no longer an active monastery but....  more »
  • Lovely grounds and there are great acoustics in the middle of the main hall. There are laminated instructions for each bit with a description in most languages but it was a walk around yourself deal. No tour.
  • Plenty of old churches and other buildings to see for free in France. No need to pay a ridiculous €7 for this. €1 or €2 would be more appropriate.

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