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Abbaye de Fontfroide, Narbonne

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#1 of 473 in Wineries in France
Winery / Vineyard 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. To visit Abbaye de Fontfroide on your trip to Narbonne, use our Narbonne itinerary builder.
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  • Only a 15 min drive from Narbonne we found this Abbey. We were there with our 2 kids of 8 and 11 years. In total we spent 2 h 30 to this visit. The chose the option to visit with tablet Inc, Dutch support. This was a very successful option for us and the kids. This keeps the fun for everyone and you don't have the pace of a guide to follow. During the visit are you both inside and in the gardens. A real top location that we like to recommend it to other travelers.
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  • Stop you on the road to your holidays to visit this magnificent Abbey, a dive in the past and a bit of history and culture. There's even a very good affordable restaurant at the exit.
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  • Absolutely splendid site near Narbonne to visit the Abbey's beautiful gardens are superb place is frankly magical point of improvement would be to propose a more pleasant place to eat or make a break coffee, the place looks like a cafeteria and is not up to the rest of the scene
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  • Very nice place for a quite moment. You can also have a one hour walk closeby.
  • We never tire of visiting Fontfroide. Beautifully restored, there are all kinds of events carried out during the year. Today we visited an annual orchid exhibition with examples from all over the world. But even when there is nothing special on, a visit is a must. The stained glass windows by Richard Burgsthal are wonderful. I advise going late afternoons as the warm light really does show off the sandstone buildings at their best.
  • Very nice abbey and location. We paid 11 euros per adult. This seems a bit steep. Especially since you have to then pay extra to access the fruit and vegetable terrace.
  • This Abbaye is an exceptionally beautiful buildings set in lovely countryside and surrounded by some fine gardens. Anyone with a love of mediaeval and baroque architecture, or gardens, will enjoy an afternoon here. The cafe was quite small, which wasn't an issue when we were there, but might be at peak weekends.
  • the attention to details is 2nd to none, the restaurant is great value (not cheap, but the food is really good, very flavorsome) the gardens, the abbey are a dream!!

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