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Review of Abbey of Thoronet

Abbey of Thoronet
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Owner description: The Abbaye du Thoronet was built at the end of the 12th century. It is one of the "Three Sisters of Provence" (with Senanque and Silvacane Abbeys) and one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture. The whole monastery is a forceful expression of the simplicity and precision of the order of Saint Bernard. Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Sundays: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.).> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Alberta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth The Visit”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Great place to visit. There are no English tour guides but nonetheless keep your eye on the French guides. They will sing at the end of the tour when they get to the abbey church. There were no tours between 12:00 and 2:30 so time your visit.

Visited July 2013
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Holte, Denmark
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“Fantastic historical site”
Reviewed 17 July 2013 via mobile

It's impressive to imagine that a few munks used 70 years to clear a wilderness and erect these beautiful buildings 900 years ago. It's a must see if you visit this area. I have however to warn you: Don't read the English description which is handed to you when you buy the ticket. You will only be confused. The numbers referring to the buildings are totally mixed up. Get it in French instead. We told the officials and they knew already, but they still handed the descriptions out, which makes it even worse.

Visited July 2013
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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Just a beautiful place to wander about in.”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

There was even a cafe available and a picnic area. The abbey is beautiful, our visit was memorable, the architecture and atmosphere was sublime, the sun on the ancient golden stone was just breathtaking.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Unexpected simplicity in the heart of a forest”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

For those whose perception of Catholicism is coloured by High Mass and Roman pomp, this abbey is the perfect antidote. Carefully under-restored, there is a stark simplicity to the Abbey which is far better suited to an undistracted contemplation of existence and the Almighty than many houses of God. We visited with my mother-in-law and our two boys (6 & 3) all of whom were impressed by the experience, albeit for different reasons... Check out the cafes in the nearby village of Le Thoronet for a simple lunch washed down by some rough and ready local Rosé.

Visited May 2013
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New London, New Hampshire
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“A Piece of Heaven”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Visited the Abbey in September 2012. Attended Mass which was chanted. The sound was amazing. The Abbey is serene and lends itself to quiet and contemplation. While it appears to be a empty blank space, once inside the full impact of its design is strong. While the Mass was quite crowded, it did not lessen the impact of the service. Le Thoronet is a gem and is worth getting off of the "provencial tourist route". It was hard to leave because of its simple yet magnificant beauty.

Visited September 2012
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