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Senanque Abbey, Gordes

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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Senanque Abbey is a Cistercian abbey that was consecrated in 1178. The monks now living here grow lavender and tend honeybees for their livelihood. You can visit the blossoming lavender fields in front of the abbey. Tourists can stay at the abbey for a spiritual retreat, but visitors must respect the decorum of the place by maintaining silence. Using our online itinerary creator, Gordes attractions like Senanque Abbey can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We were here in June, a month too early to see the lavender in full bloom but it was still partially in bloom and so damn pretty! The gift shop was a bit tacky but was nice to find some authentic lave...  read more »
  • Sometimes the context of a tourist attraction fully integrates the attraction itself. This Abbey, bella for charity, with phenomenal acoustics (careful to mention cough or sneeze in there!) and very well preserved, without the beautiful Lavender fields surrounding it would seem a bit tacky. With the lavender blossoms instead, almost looks like a mighty battleship sailing on a sea of purple. Like many other reviewers point out, quite impressive.
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  • Too bad, the lavender were not in flower during our stay. However, beautiful Abbey to see! Very peaceful place :)
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  • Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque was founded in 1148 by Cistercian monks. Due to the limited space in the valley, the east end faces north which makes it unconventional for an Abbey. Lovely lavender fields (July, August) make the visit worthwhile for the contrasting colours against the stone Abbey alone.
  • Beautiful Abbey set within picturesque grounds. The smell of lavender was fantastic. Shame about the gangs of school kids screaming and shouting.
  • It's great! Stupid one way roads without mobile signal. 😊
  • It's beautiful outside. Wasn't lucky enough to enter inside because arrived a bit late, around 11.30. So if u want guided visit, go early.
  • Beautiful surrounding. Make sure you come when they have guided tours. You can take a nice, but not amazing, walk from Gordes
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