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. Take a look at our Le Thoronet tour planner to schedule your visit to Abbey of Thoronet and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Back visit the Abbey on Sunday, caisse hostess told us the price, € 8, but forgot to tell us that the dorm was inaccessible due to work, we have learned when we reported him leaving the scene. On the site of the Abbey it was stated but not everyone looks at internet before going for a walk. Too bad...
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  • The acoustics of the Church is surprising. Our guide sang a special Gregorian chant! Restoration of the stones work very well done. The guided tour lasts a little over an hour. Interesting shop. Price €8 per person.
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  • This is a must visit site if you are anywhere near Le Thoronet The abbey and cloisters are stunning and the other buildings very interesting . If you are lucky someone will demonstrate the amazing aco...  more »
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  • Nice, I prefer Barnard castle. 👑
  • 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 .
  • The beauty of this monastery is as powerful as its history. As one turns to view the building, the round openings echo in the mind. Many years ago, I visited with a group of singers from the Yale Institute of Music; as we entered a German group was about to depart and one singer stayed behind. Standing under the entrance, she began to slowly sing Silent Night in German. She paused between each phrase and waited for each phrase to fall down to harmonize with the next one. I don't know if there is another building which has this spine-tingling effect but I'm happy that I experienced this one. If ever there was a five star building this is it.
  • 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.

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