Abbaye de Fontenay
Abbaye de Fontenay
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 into a paper mill after the French Revolution by the family Montgolfier and was bought back in 1906 by Edouard Aynard, the ancestor of the present owners who continue on safeguarding this masterpiece of Romanesque art. The old Abbey of Fontenay (12th century) was one of the first monuments to be inscribed on the Unesco world heritage list. This classification has distinguished the exceptional value of Fontenay and its environment. Free Parking and gift shop. Until 1/11/2020, Fontenay Abbey is open every day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Regular guided tours will take place only on weekends in French. From 02/11/2020 to 18/12/2020, only the week-end from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and free tour only.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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David
Oxford, UK1,588 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
A very nice restored/preserved Abbey. Very interesting to be able to visit the site and contemplate how the community of monks would have lived.
Written 29 December 2023
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Gonzalo_de_Berceo
Ghent, Belgium1,205 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
What we especially liked about this abbaye is that it shows exactly how the Abbaye de Vauclair (Chamouille) could have looked like in the Middle Ages.
Written 4 October 2023
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Loik A
Cognac, France107 contributions
Sans aucun doute l’une des plus belle abbaye cistercienne ! L’ensemble des bâtiments et les jardins sont remarquables. Parfaitement restauré et entretenu, le site vaut le détour !

Without doubt one of the most beautiful Cistercian abbeys! All the buildings and gardens are remarkable. Perfectly restored and maintained, the site is well worth a visit.
Written 5 September 2023
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jørgen K
Hovik, Norway426 contributions
Jul 2022
What a place !!! We have been visiting some Cisterciencer monestaries or abbaye /The lastest was the Thoronay in Provence.

This place however is by far our best visit. Arriving early means you get the place for yoursself( almost).
Then you can enjoy the peace and quietness and it is easy to see the monks walking around under roof discussing etc.etc.
The place is surrounded by small hills which seems to "protect" the place.

Go there and you will - hopefully- be as pleased as we were.
Written 5 August 2022
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Rolf W
Wettingen, Switzerland167 contributions
May 2022
An abbey you have to see for yourself. Wonderful park in excellent shape. You may enter in several buildings and check out the old architecture, You may spend hours in the ample garden area and walk around freely.
Must see place when you stay in Burgundy.
Ample parking lots close by.
Written 29 May 2022
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Rolf W
Wettingen, Switzerland167 contributions
May 2022
Wonderful abbey to visit. Ample space to walk around. Buildings are in good shape, wonderful park to spend hours to relax.
Must see place when you stay in Burgundy.
Ample parking lots close by.
Written 29 May 2022
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Streep47
London, UK5 contributions
May 2022
Just wandering in the grounds was an experience, but the buildings were very old and atmospheric. Well worth a visit
Written 17 May 2022
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Jules060617
Lausanne, Switzerland1,339 contributions
Mar 2022
Not surprisingly for contemplation was the key focus, the Abbaye de Fontenay is rather out of the way at the end of a quiet valley far from the bustle of towns and motorways. It is very important historically as one of the earliest Cistercian abbeys. It is now privately owned by a foundation and has been well restored so as to give a fairly true impression of its former self. The church is still standing and has a number of interesting tombs, the cloister is lovely and the forge interesting.
Written 5 May 2022
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publiussulla
Seattle, WA273 contributions
Apr 2022
This was a great place to walk around and soak up a bit of history. It is like stepping back into time at this mostly preserved medieval abbey. Beautiful gardens and historic buildings are the main themes here with the handout that was provided by the staff. If you stop here and then go onto Vezelay you get a discount. Nice place to visit and highly recommended for those that like history, culture and a peaceful surrounding.
Written 10 April 2022
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Charles-Louis_C
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg382 contributions
A bit out of usual Burgundy circuits, this place is more than worth to do the trip.
Just amazing and more than justified to be classified by UNESCO.
Written 10 October 2021
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Abbaye de Fontenay admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost £9.91, while a popular guided tour starts around £164.60 per person.