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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  • Beautiful well preserved Abbey. You can discover the different buildings through a leaflet at the entrance. The cloister and fabulous and you learn a lot about the making of the steel in the forge. Superb!
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  • A beautiful historic site, a forge breathtaking... no pun intended! A fun and educational course could perfect it all and the curiosity of the younger atiser.
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  • We visited with our 13 month old son. You enter and exit through the gift shop where you pay for entrance. We did a self guided tour and were provided with a good brochure telling us about each of the...  more »
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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
  • Absolute must to see. Beautifully restored and maintained. Very serene
  • A must go in this area. Nice and quiet, with rich history which often ignored.
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