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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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  • This part of Europe is littered with old remains of various Cathar conflicts and other religious battles. This particular Abbey has been restored and tidied up to give the visitor a glimpse of a past ...  more »
  • A magical place that has kept its original charm... architecture is gorgeous especially for the time where it was built. The visit is done alone or helped an i - pad or with a guide. Personally we opted for the self-guided tour... a very nice place to visit as a couple
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  • I went there several times with my ds the South visiting family members. Each time, I conquered.
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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