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Abbey of Thoronet, Le Thoronet

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Made entirely of stone blocks--cut and assembled by hand, without the use of cement or mortar--Abbey of Thoronet lies in forested hills between Draguignan and Brignoles. The abbey buildings, church, and cloisters were built from 1160 to 1190 and reflect the Ancient style of architecture. The compound also includes an adjoining chapter house, dormitory, storeroom, and cloisters. Wander the site at your leisure, or ask about a guided tour. To visit Abbey of Thoronet on your trip to Le Thoronet, use our Le Thoronet trip generator.
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  • A well-preserved haven. Next time, we will come to a concert in the Church of the Abbey that the acoustics are superb
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  • Not to be missed... place perfectly preserved and timeless beauty. The guided tour of quality briefed us on life Cistercian and we found the incredible acoustics of the place: the guide has traveled the entire room singing in latin a mesmerizing chant, anywhere whether you're sitting, this voice surrounds you with a stunning presence.
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  • The guide was very good, she did receive a song in Latin inside the nave of the Church to make us discover the remarkable acoustics of the place, a moment of peace and communion. The fountain of the monks for ablution inside is beautiful. The square courtyard built on various plans with arcades is also beautiful. See also the Chapter Hall with its Romanesque arches, unique. A very good time with few people at that time who compete the pleasure.
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  • With a fair price of €7.50 (free for Europeans under 26), you get access to the whole abbaye and you can fallow a guide with no additional fee. Our guide was an encyclopedia that knew the entire story of the abbey with passion. Entering the church, she will explain the incredible acoustic and will demonstrate it with a religious song that she will sing with talent. It is essential to follow a guide to understand everything about this place. It is wonderful, well preserved and managed with passion and respect.
  • Very beautiful abbey with quiet surroundings try to avoid the rush by delaying your visit to late afternoon .
  • Not informative or interesting. The interior is plain, unfurnished and boring. The outside gardens were mostly dead and uncared for. It's a waste of time and money.
  • Wouldn't stay all day but certainly worth a look. Kids find it possibly a little boring though!
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