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Abbaye de Fontenay

Marmagne, 21500 Montbard, France
+33 3 80 92 15 00
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An architectural and historic gem

This place is an amazing architectural and historic gem located in the Fonteney valley 250 km... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
john b
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Port Orange, Florida
Very interesting

The complex is located in a very Beautiful region! Driving to there is already a exited experience... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
adibfarid
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São paulo
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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 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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Marmagne, 21500 Montbard, France
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+33 3 80 92 15 00
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is an amazing architectural and historic gem located in the Fonteney valley 250 km southeast of Paris in Montbard, Burgundy, France. It was built in the twelfth century and had to endure European and world wars and conversion into a paper mill. Finally...More

Thank john b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The complex is located in a very Beautiful region! Driving to there is already a exited experience! When you arrive, is then a shock, once the constructions are impressive! Easy to visit! You can see a explanarion about the Bougogne Chanel and visit the first...More

Thank adibfarid
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Famous monastery forge. Very pretty gardens and buildings and churches. Monks here pioneered the water hammer for working metals.

Thank Christian F
Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Dear Visitor Thank you for your comment of appreciation. We hope to see you back at Abbaye de Fontenay.

Reviewed 28 April 2017

What the Monks accomplished in this swamp is truly amazing. We should be so innovative today! This is a must stop on your adventure and another Unesco heritage site.More

Thank Riskm
Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

Dear Visitor from Canada, Thank you for your visit and your kind comment which we greatly appreciate. The monks were indeed very innovative, and visiting Fontenay, its architecture and hydraulic systems, shed a different light on the Middle Ages that were much brighter than often...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

Epitome of the middle ages and their architectural design for churches. A place of tranquility. A peaceful place that you should see. An insight to the medieval world and the middle ages. Necessary stop on my travels during my first extended exploration of eastern France....More

Thank GiudoLocattelli
Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your long, personnal comment. The team at Abbaye de Fontenay enjoys seeing visitors who can recognize how special this place is. Even if working there everyday, one cannot stop admiring perfect architecture that came to us intact despite almost 900...More

Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

We visited on our way from Dijon to Chablis. It was beautifully restored and such a peaceful place. It is great that a private individual invested in its restoration and did such a good job. Rescuing it from the grime of a paper mill worked...More

Thank jackirmic
Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Dear Visitor, Thank you for visiting us all the way from New Zealand and for posting your kind comment ! All year long, Abbaye de Fontenay welcomes visitors from over 80 countries, and is thus truly a "World Heritage". We are glad you appreciated the...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

One of those must see places. Absolutely stunning architecture. Wonderful insight into the Middle AgesMore

Thank Paul W
Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Dear Visitor, Thank you very much for your visit at Abbaye de Fontenay and your kind comment. Everyday, visitors like you help us maintain this 900 year old site so that all can enjoy it in its prestine condition. Please share your appreciation around you...More

Reviewed 29 March 2017

Visited the Abbey whilst we were on a group cycling holiday with The Chain Gang and it was very interesting and worth the small detour.

Thank Andy P
Direction_Abbaye, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontenay, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Dear Visitor Thank you for your visit and kind comment. Please follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and share with your friends to help support the maintenance efforts ! We hope to see you again

Reviewed 16 February 2017

The buildings are lovely to see, and the leaflet provides interesting information about the history and how they were used. However, several buildings cannot be accessed, so for a less than an hour visit, it was a bit expensive.

Thank rudbeckie
Reviewed 30 October 2016

The abbaye was founded by St Bernard in 1118 so you are going back in time here. Its an example of early Cistercian architecture and almost totally intact. You get a glimpse of cloisters, dormitories, ponds and gardens.

Thank 66travelor
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