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Abbaye de Fontfroide, Narbonne

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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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  • the mediocrity of the guided tour ruined us the pleasure of discovery of a beautiful place..! What a pity and regret.
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  • Superb Abbey beautifully maintained with nice gardens and beautiful course to visit. A place of peace, quiet, relaxing. Do not miss the restaurant when coming it is excellent and the staff friendly
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  • Beautiful Abbey in the corner of almost untouched nature, stunning the refectory and the Church abaziale, very nice rose garden.
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  • A jewel of beauty & tranquility, all but hidden, deep in a secluded valley
  • 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.
  • Nestled in a green valley in the Languedoc region of southern France not far from Narbonne, the Abbey of Fontfroide is one of the most complete abbey complexes remaining today. The Abbey of Fontfroide is an excellent example of the monastic town prescribed by Saints Benedict and Bernard, in which everything necessary for simple living is accessible within the monastic complex. The various buildings thus provide room for prayer (the church and the cloister), for work (the scriptorium and the gardens) and for rest (the dormitories), as well as food and drink to sustain the monks and lay brothers. The enclosed monastic complex of Fontfroide consists of two main areas: one for monks and one for lay brothers. The section reserved for monks is that nearest the church and the cloisters, while the section for lay brothers is that which opens to the outside world. The abbey buildings are arranged around the flow of water, which was needed for the gardens, the cloisters, the corn mill and the fish ponds. The former outbuildings of the abbey have been completely restored and transformed into a visitors' area that includes a restaurant, a gift shop, and a wine cellar. The restaurant is open the same hours as the monastery. In the cellar, you can taste the Corbières Blanc produced at Fontfroide as well as the Corbières Rouge and the Rosé of St. Julien de Séptieme from the vineyards of the oldest Fontfroide grange which is situated immediately next to the starting point of route D613.
  • It is a bit expensive, climb a mountain nearby and you will get the same picture
  • Magnificent Abbey! Very well maintained, staff very pleasant, competent and smiling... Beautiful rose garden with these perfumes... L ' entry of the visit initially nothing to say negative... Provide tennis for the visit of the gardens in (a little dangerous flip flops) Terrace, superb, to do! (visit July 2016)
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