Abbaye de Fontenay, Montbard

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One of the oldest and most completely intact Cistercian abbeys in Europe, Abbaye de Fontenay was built in 1118 with a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Although slightly rundown, the original complex comprising the church, dormitory, cloister, chapter house, caldarium, dovecote, and forge all retain their original architecture, except the refectory. Take a look at our Montbard day trip planner to schedule your visit to Abbaye de Fontenay and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • a haven of peace conducive was the meditation-together very well restored. We especially liked the cloister, the beautiful frame of the dormitory and the forge. A must see in Burgundy.
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  • a monument in very good condition to visit with a guide to understand and appreciate the Cistercian architecture; allow between 1 and 2 hours to tour of this monument. EVEN with the rain do not hesitate to visit the cloister is splendid in its dimensions but also his Majesty;
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  • The Abbey of Fontenay is a really wonderful site remarkably restored. A little gem in a beautiful green area. As far as the guide there was very friendly and humorous and last point but no least, animals are accepted! En route to Paris from the South, we stopped with this slightly skeptical about the reality of the facts, but if! Dogs are welcome at the Fontenay Abbey and it was a real relief for people like us who like to stop along the way to visit, but who often can't because of this ban still present even with a little York well locked in a bag. So thank you a thousand times to the owners to let our pets with us because it is so rare that it deserves to be stressed and applauded! Besides many meet and all were well behaved! :)
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  • Visit right before the closing time. Fortunately. The last bus full of tourists was leaving. Relatively few people. Nice, quiet place. Relatively expensive tickets. But no regrets.
  • Lovingly preserved (English) audio guide would have made it 5*
  • Exceptional place. Unique as each Cistercian place is. Here are beauty, silence ,contemplation. Here are medieval intelligence, ability, craftsmanship and balance in the hands of modest powerful believers at their best. Forget the world and its noisy nonsense! Enter each building with the respect you owe to the work of something beyond you. Don't interrupt the prayers of the stone, the blessing of light, the call of silence. Marc Thierry-Wilkinson/Paris
  • A must go in this area. Nice and quiet, with rich history which often ignored.
  • Absolute must to see. Beautifully restored and maintained. Very serene

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