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. 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 Cistercian Monastery "Fontefroide", has simply overwhelmed me by their location and beauty! In the cloister, you want to relax just for hours. I could take enough pictures! The silence, the ornate pillars, the light and the shade were great! I felt absolutely still, at the same time energetic and absolutely speechless. Not even the Abbaye de Sénanque in Gordes, a candle you!
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  • Beautiful Abbey surrounded by vineyards, beautiful, peaceful setting, interesting architecture, guided tours in several languages. A restaurant is located in the courtyard as well as a wine tasting cellar. Parking for free welcomes the motor homes, cars and coaches.
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  • I've never been in a beautiful monument of my life! And yet I'm passionate about visits of castles, abbeys and monuments and I've seen a lot. This is splendid. The stone and the architecture is worthy of the movies. The gardens are heavenly. I highly recommend this tour for an hour and a half about.
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  • A wonderful place to visit. A combination of extraordinary things to do and see. During our several visits, we have eaten at the restaurant several times. The food is fantastic. The setting is superb. And the staff both attentive and helpful. Last year, we had Easter dinner followed by a wonderful concert of Gregoria’s Chants in the beautifully restore church. The grounds have wonderful gardens, many paths to hike, a rose garden par excellence, etc. this abbey is a must to visit. Plan on several hours to fully enjoy the experience.
  • An awesome surprise awaits anyone venturing outside Narbonne, itself a huge surprise. Although it's not a living, working Abbey, like Senanque and Fecamp, it is in such perfect shape you could actually imagine monks living and working there.
  • Great history. A bit expensive
  • Nice open space museum, with great gardens.
  • 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.
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