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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  • The lavender was of course all picked already and they charged to walk into the abbey itself so we didn't do that but the gift shop was very nice, with lots of lavender products for sale, especially.....  more
    The lavender was of course all picked already and they charged to walk into the abbey itself so we didn't do that but the gift shop was very nice, with lots of lavender products for sale, especially.....  more »
  • Probably the rating should be higher. We were hear late August and stopped on out way further south. Unfortunately the abbaye was closed and the blooming period of the lavender already passed... 
    Probably the rating should be higher. We were hear late August and stopped on out way further south. Unfortunately the abbaye was closed and the blooming period of the lavender already passed...  more »
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  • I went to see this Abbey for the second time. This time I went in early October. I knew the lavender would not be in bloom but I wanted to see it again anyway. I was not disappointed. The rows of once purple lavender still had a slight blue hue. They lead the eye like arrows to the newly washed stones of the Abbey. Once grayed by time, these stones are now a warm yellow. We were able to go inside, but it was Sunday and the monks were celebrating privately so we didn't get the tour. We walked around outside toward the back of the Abbey. The grounds are littered with big trees and brush. You can spot the bright white statue of Mary up the hill peeking between the branches. It is definitely worth a visit in any season, but if you can, it is best to time it when the lavender is blooming in June.
  • Very unique place, loved the serenity. Dogs are not allowed close to the monastery. You can however walk around it with them. Going inside there is a lovely shop with lots of regional products. Is a nice stop to combine with other places in the area. We spend around 1.5 here (but we went inside separate because of the dog)

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