Abbaye de Fontenay, Montbard

4.7
#1 of 20 in Historic Sites in Cote d'Or
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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  • August 15, 2017
    Positive: - the landscape of the Bourgogne while you approach to it - free parking - the monastery itself is wonderful and perfectly restored - the gardens surrounding the medieval buildings are also ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    What a beautiful place, a priest of silence and recollection in this beautifully preserved Abbey, this monument really deserves its ranking to l "Unesco. Really a site a see at any cost, a very professional and interesting guide
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  • August 15, 2017
    The visit of Fontenay was a real discovery: great site, amazing and beautiful story development of heritage.
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  • August 30, 2017
    Lovingly preserved (English) audio guide would have made it 5*
  • May 5, 2017
    Absolute must to see. Beautifully restored and maintained. Very serene
  • March 28, 2017
    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
  • June 19, 2017
    A must go in this area. Nice and quiet, with rich history which often ignored.
  • August 24, 2017
    A special place, well maintained.

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