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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Dyonisos3August 15, 2017
Magnifique abbaye. Il faut savoir de temps à autre prendre son temps, et sortir des sentiers battus. Dès l'entrée dans l'église, la magie opère. Pour les esprits peu intéressés, il y a plusieurs vigno... more »Beautiful Abbey. There occasionally take his time, and outside the box. Upon the entry into the Church, the magic happens. For uninterested minds, there are several interesting vineyards that might convince a trip with your family. The visit of the Abbey is easy. However explanatory plaques, and the sister of Silvacane abbey, would facilitate the visit.
benducoinAugust 13, 2017
Quel bonheur intense que cette visite ! Nous sommes arrivés vers 10h15... nous étions presque seuls et dans une lumière à couper le souffle... surtout dans le corps principal de l'église ! Nos petits ... more »What intense happiness than this visit! We arrived around 10:15... we were almost alone and in a light breath... especially in the main body of the Church! Our grandsons loved! What unforgettable tour!
Miquel PAugust 13, 2017
Aunque pequeña, esta abadía cistercense escondida en los bosques de la Provenza rebosa de belleza y plenitud. La nave, simple y sobria, deja perplejo al visitante. El personal de la oficina es muy pró... more »Although small, this Abbey Cistercian hidden in the woods of Provence exudes beauty and fullness. The ship, simple and sober, puzzled visitors. The office staff is very close and helps at all.
Antoine PurnelleJuly 20, 2016
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.
Vincent BOUCHIATJuly 10, 2016
Very beautiful abbey with quiet surroundings try to avoid the rush by delaying your visit to late afternoon .
Eric RothAugust 10, 2016
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.
Tom MiddletonSeptember 4, 2016
Wouldn't stay all day but certainly worth a look. Kids find it possibly a little boring though!
Patti TetraultNovember 21, 2013
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.
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