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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. Make Abbaye de Fontenay part of your personalized Montbard itinerary using our Montbard tourist route planner.
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Cadre exceptionnel mais sans vie, ce qui devait être le cas lorsque les moines vivaient en ce lieux, pas de jardin médicinal, bassin d'eau sans poisson, pas de chaises pour se recueillir (ou pas) dans... more »Frame exceptional but lifeless, what was to be the case when the monks lived in this place, no medicinal garden, pool of water without fish, no chairs to gather (or not) in the Abbey...
Aussi sobre que peut l'être une abbaye cistercienne, ce monument bourguignon dégage force et sérénité au sein d'une cadre naturel et des jardins de rêve. Ces bâtiments dépouillés d'ornements inutiles ... more »As sober as could be a Cistercian Abbey, Burgundy monument out strength and serenity in a natural setting and gardens of dream. These buildings stripped of unnecessary ornaments are masterfully and are still marked by the soul of the original inhabitants. Of all beauty.
Je ne peux qu'être d'accord avec toutes les bonnes critiques. Lieu très bien restauré et entretenu. Eglise et cloître cisterciens d'une sobre architecture et d'une grande beauté. Beau dortoir donnant ... more »I can only agree with all the good reviews. Place very well restored and maintained. Church and Cistercian cloister of a sober architecture and of great beauty. Nice dorm directly overlooking the Church, interesting forge. Really excellent staff and guide.
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You should prioritize a visit here. Recommended especially for nice weather days and when need a little peace. We went in mid-August and place had no crowds...made for great photos and videos. Take a lunch of sausage, cheese and bread and chill on the grass. For the car-less or ambitious, there is a trail from Montbard that cuts through the forest, but it is hard to find and follow sometimes (a google search can give some hints). Has some steep parts so wear good shoes. It is a nice walk, though the return walk could be less fun.
I love architecture and this reminded me of so many other places that I've visited with colonnaded cloisters. This is in great shape for it's age. Well worth a visit if your in the area.
A real treasure the garden and grounds were beautiful on an spring day. The buildings are very well maintained. A must see.
Very peaceful site with great history and well preserved.
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