Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
4.5
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique example of a Cistercian abbey and still an active monastery.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
At the end of May the lavender plants were budded, but not in bloom so we missed the sight that attracts tourists to visit this Abbey - the blue lavender fields. The lavender fields are parallel to the walkway from the parking lot. The Abbey buildings, however, are a good distance away on unpaved ground. The lavender fields are fenced to discourage visitors from walking through the fields and distrubing the plants. It's free to view these lavender fields outside the Abbey, but it costs 8E to enter the Abbey buildings in which one sees the cloisters/courtyard, the chapel, and the refectory, and, of course, WC facilities. Monks were not wandering about on our visit. Shoulders and knees need to be covered when entering the Abbey buildings.

When the lavender is in bloom, focus on that and the exterior of the Abbey (allow about 1 hr) and forego an interior visit of the Abbey (another 45 min) unless you are very curious about what the inside of a Cistercian Abbey looks like.

The 3/4 hour tour of the interiors of the Abbey, dated to the 12C, was provided by Scenic River Cruises. There wasn't much to see for the 8E adult entry fee - mainly the bare bones of the building's interior structure. The chapel was still undergoing renovations which did indeed expose the lovely creamy stonework, but the chapel was empty of furnishings - just 1 statue of Madonna and Child. The cloisters provided a lovely contrast to the Abbey's stark interiors with its roses and perennials boxed in by low clipped evergreen hedges. The reflectory just had a chimney to see in a bare room, but a photo in the gift shop showed how monks clustered around the fireplace and sat on nearby primitive wood benches at communal tables. There were stairs to climb to see the different areas inside the Abbey.

The gift shop, in a separate building, was spacious with a very good variety of regional products - lavender soap (3E), preserved olives (6E), olive oil (16E), wine (16E), antipasta (3E), and Abbey souvenirs.

The Abbey, located near Gordes, a 10 minute drive away, is located in a valley far from neighbors. There is a good top down view of this property as one drives from the hilltop road down to the Abbey's parking lot.
Written 14 November 2023
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Scott G
Los Angeles, CA525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I was in France for a business trip, so I had a set time where I could visit the Abbey. I was there on June 16th, 2023, and though I'd read peak lavender season can start in mid-June, it was still pretty dark purple and sparse, see picture. Still beautiful though! I did end up seeing some "at peak" lavender in some other towns around the area so it just varies a lot by location, altitude, etc.

The abbey itself is a gorgeous color, and has a fantastic gift shop. The parking lot is huge and I got discouraged by some buses blocking the way so I parked on the street, which turned out to be quite the walk in the heat. And it turns out there were a lot of open parking spaces right by the abbey, so drive all the way down in the parking lot, you might get lucky. I didn't tour the abbey, I was on to see Gordes and other Luberon towns, but the gift shop was great and the people were all very friendly. Highly recommended!
Written 16 July 2023
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Catherine G
Nice, France1,934 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We went at this place to visit it. The landscape with lavenders is so nice. The abbey has been completely renovated. We made the guided visit which was very interesting. The guide explained very well. There’s a large and free parking close to the abbey. I recommend this place.
Written 1 July 2023
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Ken C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
First time using a ‘histopad’ which was really useful. Walking around the inside of the abbey was very atmospheric —the iPad provided a great narrative — and the ability to click on objects for a more detailed description was excellent.

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and well worth the visit.
Written 21 June 2023
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iamface
Aberdeen, UK1,723 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
trekking at here that was quite pretty place but yet to have lavender blossom. believe that was impressive if right time at here.
Written 12 June 2023
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rmitgoteam
Naples, FL1,202 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the abbey building from the outside as we approached it from the parking lot. It’s quite impressive but it’s not an ancient building. It actually looks as if it was recently constructed. Be aware that there’s really nothing to see on the inside other than an OK cloister. So the E9 entrance tickets are definitely not worth it. We regretted paying to go inside after our visit. The largest indoor space is under reconstruction and blocked off as well. There’ s also a large crane outside to the left of the abbey to interfere with your photos. The best part of the abbey’s interior was a large bookstore and an adjacent shop selling a range of Provencal products – not a good sign. We don’t like writing unfavorable reviews, but we were very underwhelmed by our visit here without the blooming lavender. The only thing worth seeing was the building exterior.
Written 18 May 2023
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Bonjour, Si nous respectons votre avis, sachez que nous sommes peinés de vous lire. Nous nous efforçons de préserver avec soin et respect ce patrimoine exceptionnel que nos Frères bâtisseurs nous ont légué. L’édifice est classé comme Monument Historique et chaque intervention nécessite une autorisation des Affaires Culturelles. La pierre a été simplement traitée car elle souffrait de desquamation. Mais rassurez-vous, la patine se refera rapidement et la façade retrouvera sa vibration naturelle. L’HistoPad que nous vous confions en visite libre offre une visite de 45 minutes à 1 heure si vous compulsez son contenu. Vous plongez ainsi dans la vie des premiers moines de Sénanque et vous revivez l’abbaye au XIIIème siècle. Peut-être avez-vous eu des difficultés avec l’utilisation de la tablette ? Bien fraternellement.
Written 5 November 2023
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1,060 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
You definitely need to visit here in June or July when the lavender is in bloom. We came in April and it was pretty but not the same. This is the place you see all of the paintings of lavender with the Abbey in the background. Definitely come when the lavender is in bloom.
Written 25 April 2023
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robertmaster123
Wilmington, NC586 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
I hate to write a mediocre review of a religious sight, but I was disappointed in my visit. The few descriptive plaques are in French, so that they are useless to an English speaking person. The I Pad in English gave some information but was not very comprehensive.
From the outside the campus appears large but you can only tour a small portion. I wish there was more information about the present day monks who actually live there. Overall my wife and I were disappointed in the experience.
Written 24 March 2023
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Dear Mister, We find you very severe: our guides speak fluent English and the content of the HistoPad has been created in association with culture and heritage professionals. Perhaps you have not fully exploited the tool? This is why we invite you to come back to Sénanque and take part in a new visit, graciously offered by us. Very brotherly.
Written 10 May 2023
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drlcs1
366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We were there in June (around June 21) and the Lavender blossoms were just coming into bloom.

We managed to take some nice pictures even though the lavender wasn’t in full bloom.

The gift shop is reasonably priced.
Written 9 December 2022
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sandiablonde
Edgewood, NM687 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
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 soap. The building is pretty and it sits in a nice little valley but unless you want to buy something lavender, not worth the drive,
Written 18 November 2022
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