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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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  • After a through access by the vineyards; discovery of this magnificent site; restored by a loving family of the place. Her building, her rosserai, the garden followed by a meal in a great framework then visit of the cellar for the wine buying wine
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  • a nice surprise worth visiting - a very relaxing, very quiet place - an Abbey that offers reverence. And the most is the cleanliness of the premises and a beautiful renovation.
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  • In winter the abbeys in the area are mostly closed. Finding out we find that this abbey was open and visited it. It is a place of dreams, lost hills, superbly restored that allows enjoying its architecture and experience the atmosphere of an Abbey. Excellent audio guide. It is worth!
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  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Very nice Abbey,lovely gardens & great restaurant