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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  • The end of June is a perfect time to arrive for the lavender. From the parking lot the smell of lavender is apparent as is the source. The abbey itself was under repair this year (2021), but the HistoPad that we used to learn about the abbey was a fantastic way to be transported back to the mid 1200's and learn about how the abbey functioned at that time. It is still a functional abbey, so volume must be respected indoors. The shop at the beginning/end of the tour is a great source of lavender, olive oil, and other soaps, scents, and food. There are various souvenirs available as well. It was a perfect way to bring a piece of the abbey, and the area in vernal, home with you. It is true there is no cell service at the abbey, which is great for focusing on the site, but you must download your tickets before arriving or you'll have a bad time.
  • Monastery and lavender fields are worth scenic drive through mountains. We loved the atmosphere and views. But museum tour was blah, very little information and you see just a small part of it.

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