Abbaye Notre-Dame de Citeaux, Saint-Nicolas-les-Citeaux

(3.6/5 based on 95 reviews on the web)
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Citeaux is located in Saint-Nicolas-les-Citeaux. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Saint-Nicolas-les-Citeaux holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Citeaux and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I stayed at the Abbey a week in January 2017. So no visit possible historic sites in this period, it's okay, I came to collect me, think, write; but also to absorb and understand my Christian and European culture. What was not my surprise in discovering a place where all the doors are locked, where spirituality is totally absent from the discourse of the brothers, who are rather in mode of business management. I was really disappointed in the lack of interest of the brothers in contemporary life. Through offices, however beautiful songs and study of some texts Benedictine and Cistercian, I understand that their life is turned into work and prayer, to a life of toil and renunciation. However, what I see is quite different, I was told of the Creation of God, nature, love... I've seen it are brothers completely overwhelmed that renunciation is not to eat meat, why not if it was to protect the creation but this is not the case. Meals are prepared by a caterer that made industrial, why the retreatants have rights to meat them? the meals were horrible, industrial with very bad quality products. Spanish wine full of sulphites is available; I am told that the local wine is overpriced, but why not buy local wine but consume a lot less, I think that there is a true renunciation with a ethics green which goes hand in hand with spirituality and the "Laudato Si" of the Pope or the latest installment of the Dalai Lama. At breakfast, proposed us Nutella, knowing that this chocolate spread is the cause of one of the biggest environmental disasters in the world (deadly deforestation for Palm oil). Anyway, I was there to find a haven of peace and a place protected from the inconsistencies of the world, in fact I was at the heart of a community that does not seek to change the world nor to reveal the lack of humanity, but who plays the game of big business, of prejudice, ignorance and lack of awareness. In short, I felt very bad, because everything seemed inconsistent. I managed to finish my retirement in totally isolating myself in my cell and away me from this "institution" to disappear.
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  • All spaces adjacent to the Abbey not spare the splendor and charm to this place inhabited by monks in prayer. Visit on a sunny afternoon, along with peaceful villages, they really deserve it. Unfortunately the visit is a bit expensive and only in French.
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  • We learned a lot of things in an exceptional setting. Guide us to passed on his passion of places. As the tour is guided a small exhibition on the day of a monk allows us to wait. He would miss just a place to have a coffee (especially when it's cold).
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  • Make sure to check if it is open for tours.
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  • Some may be disappointed by the counting of places, but let us not forget that Cîteaux is the cradle of monasticism reformed with Bernard of Clairvaux, where everything leads to the essence, God. A stay in full Board it is! Great memory. Recommend to stressed major, even non-believers.
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  • What peace for Vespers, and after that, don't forget a small Cîteaux cheese, and we are all good for the road!
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  • Very nice place, quiet. Good short walk to discover the richness of the place...
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  • Yes good discovery. What struck me most liked is the garden
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