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“Sung Mass”
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
Reviewed 15 April 2014

To add to the other reviews, it is worth noting that on Sundays at midday the Mass is celebrated in the original Latin plainsong. Due to the exceptional accoustic qualities of the Abbey Church, this a remarkable event. Usually there are only three or four voices and the Priest, but they sound like ten times the number. Medeival singing at its finest underlines the atmosphere of this very ancient and sacred place. Entry is free after the tourists have left the site..

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Reviewed 22 January 2014

A small early Cistercian monastery built in one go between 1130 and 1170. It reflects the austerity which the Cistercians brought to the Benedictine monastic tradition which by then was not all that holy.
A perfectly proportioned abbey church with absolutely no decoration and a marvellous acoustic (it's much used a for a capella solo voice concerts). The monastery buildings are very well preserved and restored - there were only 40 or so monks at its height, and you get a feel for their rigorous life in the cloister, single dormitory. communal washing area and chapter house built into the living rock.
Go there out of season if you can to get the abbey's pervading sense of peace and purpose. Like most Cistercian abbeys, it's set in remote and beautiful countryside.

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Lovely abbey, well restored, set in the forest. We spent a couple of hours here. It is beautiful, there are a few ponds and fountains that add to the beauty. Entrance price 7.5Euros per head. There is a good cafe kiosk in the parking area for the abbey, in the woods on the other side of the road. We just had hot chocolate, but the salads that others had ordered looked amazing.

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Reviewed 14 September 2013

The abbey is in a wonderful location - but a lot of abbeys are. It is interesting but it isn't very large when compared to some of the abbeys in England which take a couple of hours to go round. We went round le Thoronet in about 40 minutes. We also had the problem with the leaflet in English which didn't help. All in all its quite an expensive outing.
We visited in a weekday in September, the car park was full and the cafe wasn't open. There was a gift shop which WAS open, very little tat but quite expensive.

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Went as it was a must see in the area. Interesting place full of history. Car park very busy, and very expensive for what it is, you even have to pay extra for a guide book.

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