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Abbaye de Fontfroide, Narbonne

Must see · Architectural Building · Religious Site
Now a winery, farm, bookstore, and restaurant, Abbaye de Fontfroide is a former Cistercian monastery. The building's facade features classic Gothic style, and the choir has been called the Parthenon of the French Gothic. Examine the ornately carved wooden doors, an elaborate astronomical clock, tapestries from the 15th and 17th centuries, and famous stained-glass windows from the 13th, 14th, and 16th centuries. Some of the stained glass illustrate the elusive transitional stage between the Gothic and Renaissance artistic styles. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Abbaye de Fontfroide by using our Narbonne online driving holiday planner.
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  • This site was along our travel route from city to city, so we took a slight detour off the highway. It is an old abbey that was purchased and converted to a winery and art gallery. Much of the old.....  more »
  • Wonderfull place. The sober roman architecture feels so peaceful for me. The garden is also worth a visit. .  more »
  • Arrive early. This opens at 9.30. We did and it is like having etc place to oneself. It is a magnificent abbey, cistercian, so somewhat austere, although additions have given some stained glass and...  more »
  • We recommend doing a wine tasting here (for free, 30 mins, 3 wines). And then take the self guided tour. The place is outstanding beautiful and for me as a white wine drinker it’s so far the only red wine in southern France that I really enjoyed. The medieval architecture is simply outstanding and beyond words!
  • A lovely place, a must see if you are in the area. Went to lunch at the restaurant here, and although the food was lovely, it did take some time, so keep that in mind if you are eating here. In addition, I was here in off season, and still made a reservation for lunch, as it was busy still. But, definitely visit the Abbey if you can, truly beautiful. Make sure to climb to the observatory to see it all.
  • Lovely site a me lovely walks around the grounds. Good for a day out
  • Truly wonderful in every imaginable way! Merci! 😘
  • A working abbey that produces a range of wines. The grounds are open all year and they are extensive. Allow around 2 hours or more for a good walk to see the stunning scenery in the area. Out of the main holiday season is best. The abbey itself has a web site for to check the best opening hours to suit you. The wine shop is also open all year. Our personal favourite is the chadonnay - but with tasting available you can choose your own. Prices, for a very good wine, are very reasonable. The small range of liqueors is eqally good. There is a pretty good cafe - not always open - again chec web the site. The food is reasonable for what you pay, but nothing to to make it worth a detour.

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