Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Gordes

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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque is a Cistercian abbey that was consecrated in 1178. The monks now living here grow lavender and tend honeybees for their livelihood. You can visit the blossoming lavender fields in front of the abbey. Tourists can stay at the abbey for a spiritual retreat, but visitors must respect the decorum of the place by maintaining silence. To visit Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and get the most from your holiday in Gordes, create itinerary details personal to you using our Gordes travel route planning site.
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  • When we were there it was open on Sunday only in the afternoon, but still the gift shop was open - we could buy some local products made directly by the monks. The surrounding full of lavenda were... 
    When we were there it was open on Sunday only in the afternoon, but still the gift shop was open - we could buy some local products made directly by the monks. The surrounding full of lavenda were...  more »
  • We have visited the Abbaye mid August, when all the lavender was already done flowering, and was cut and gathered. The large field you walk past as you enter the premises was just greenish with straw....  more
    We have visited the Abbaye mid August, when all the lavender was already done flowering, and was cut and gathered. The large field you walk past as you enter the premises was just greenish with straw....  more »
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  • I had the privilege of spending the afternoon painting at the Abbey …it was a very hot day, the fragrance of the lavender fields is heavenly…it is situated in a serene and beautiful setting not far from the hilltop town of Gordes. ( I was not dressed appropriately to tour the chapel, as I was wearing painting clothes it was 100o F and you must have head and shoulders covered, no shorts.) but I was able to shop in their beautiful boutique and to view the exterior. Well worth the trip to see the Cistercian Architecture and the gorgeous lavender fields that surround.
  • Such a beautiful place, but it deserves so much more. Our guide seemed to be totally bored by his job, acoustic was terrible and the church was a messy construction site. To be honest, I was really disappointed as I still had such wonderful memory from this beautiful place from long ago when amazing Maronite music could be heard throughout the building which added to the magic. Sénanque definitely still is worth a visit but the tour felt soulless.

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