Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Gordes

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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque is a Cistercian abbey that was consecrated in 1178. The monks now living here grow lavender and tend honeybees for their livelihood. You can visit the blossoming lavender fields in front of the abbey. Tourists can stay at the abbey for a spiritual retreat, but visitors must respect the decorum of the place by maintaining silence. To visit Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and get the most from your holiday in Gordes, create itinerary details personal to you using our Gordes travel route planning site.
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  • Probably the rating should be higher. We were hear late August and stopped on out way further south. Unfortunately the abbaye was closed and the blooming period of the lavender already passed... 
    Probably the rating should be higher. We were hear late August and stopped on out way further south. Unfortunately the abbaye was closed and the blooming period of the lavender already passed...  more »
  • A working 12th century Cistercian abbey near Gorde. Its main draw are the fields of lavender, which allow for captivating photos. You can do a spiritual retreat. For most people, outside view should....  more
    A working 12th century Cistercian abbey near Gorde. Its main draw are the fields of lavender, which allow for captivating photos. You can do a spiritual retreat. For most people, outside view should....  more »
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  • Very unique place, loved the serenity. Dogs are not allowed close to the monastery. You can however walk around it with them. Going inside there is a lovely shop with lots of regional products. Is a nice stop to combine with other places in the area. We spend around 1.5 here (but we went inside separate because of the dog)
  • Such a beautiful place, but it deserves so much more. Our guide seemed to be totally bored by his job, acoustic was terrible and the church was a messy construction site. To be honest, I was really disappointed as I still had such wonderful memory from this beautiful place from long ago when amazing Maronite music could be heard throughout the building which added to the magic. Sénanque definitely still is worth a visit but the tour felt soulless.

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