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Abbaye de Fontenay

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The Abbey of Fontenay was founded by Saint Bernard in 1118. It is one of the oldest Cistercian abbeys in Europe. The Romanesque architecture offers a remarkable unity to all buildings remained intact since the Middle Ages. The Abbey was transformed...more
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Marmagne, 21500 Montbard, France
+33 3 80 92 15 00
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We walked from Montbard and back. It is more of a walk than most would want to undertake 1.5 to 2 hours each way) but it is a mice walk. The abbey was worth the walk. Since guided tours are only in French we toured...More

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Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear visitor from California, the team at Fontenay thanks you for your visit and comment. Congratulations for arriving at Fontenay walking from Montbard! Few visitors do it, but it is probably the best way to discover this hidden gem. You kindly mention the family who...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are traveling in Burgundy and any where near Montbard or Tanlay in the department of Cote-d’Or, this is a must-do experience. Built in the Romanesque style this fully-restored 900 year old Abbey is one of the oldest & most complete Cistercian abbeys in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Almost 900 years old, this abbey is well worth a visit. After the anti-religious fervor of the French Revolution, the abbey was converted into a paper mill. However, it was purchased, saved and converted back to its original form early in the last century--thank goodness....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this visit. It was very peaceful and captured the serene existence that the medieval monks must have experienced. There was no guided tour, but there was a self guided map/booklet, which I found informative and easy to use. The buildings are in...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

... Cistercian abbey in a wonderful green setting. Worth a visit but not an absolutely must to see. I prefer Cluny to this site. It is remarkably well restored and gives you a perfect impression how this strict Cistercian communion worked and lived. The bookstore...More

Reviewed 14 August 2018

Have visited Fontenay Abbey before and was yet again impressed by the majesty and peace of this place. The information on the leaflet was just about sufficient to help the visitor understand the function and history of each part of the building However, in an...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

A second visit to this beautiful Cistercian abbey, timeless and stunning. Shame that visitors wander behind the high altar with dogs..... obviously don't understand respect of its past existence as a place of prayer.

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Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

This UNESCO heritage abbey plunges you in the lives of monks 1000 years ago. The calm, beauty and simplicity of the place are enchanting. The cloister and the monks dormitory are must sees.

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Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Dear visitor from Norway Thank you very much fro your visit, kind comment, and beautiful pictures of Fontenay We are glad you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 11 July 2018

We stopped off at the Abbaye de Fontenay while travelling between Auxerre and Dijon and spent about half an hour wandering around the site, I'm not sure I would have gone out of my way to visit but it was pleasant to walk around the...More

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Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Dear Visitor, We are glad you enjoyed your visit en route to Dijon. Thank you for your appreciation of the maintenance of the Abbey. Please note that a cafe is planned, but requires the proper permits in such a historical site.

Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful setting in the French countryside well preserved and impeccably maintained. The self guided tour was sufficient to get a sense of what life was like 900 years ago. The main chapel is impressive in its austereness. Focus on the prayer not the trappings. Lightly...More

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Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your visit at Fontenay and your kind comment. The maintenance team puts its pride in maintaining the place in a pristine condition, receiving the prestigious "jardin remarquable" every 5 years.

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2 August 2018|
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Response from Direction_Abbaye | Property representative |
Good morning. Thank you for your interest in Abbaye de Fontenay. The abbey can be visited in about 1 hour, with the choice of self tour or guided tour (timings can be found on the webite, link not allowed here). Fontenay is... More
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8 August 2017|
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Response from Direction_Abbaye | Property representative |
Hello Sorry for not answering earlier. It is of course entirely possible to have a private guided tour in english. Please contact us directly at by mail or through our website (indicated on our tripadvisor page) to book if... More
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18 July 2017|
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Response from Direction_Abbaye | Property representative |
Hello Thank you for your question Abbaye de Fontenay is just 6km away from Montbard. It should take you about 20 minutes. it is mostly flat, an easy ride! We hope to welcome you soon at Abbaye de Fontenay
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