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Founded in the 12th century, Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque is a unique example of a Cistercian abbey and still an active monastery.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
| D177a, 84220, Gordes, France
+33 4 90 72 05 72
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All reviews lavender fields full bloom beautiful abbey late june gift shop guided tour don't speak french end of june parking lot cistercian monks lovely place to visit chapter house take pictures peaceful place notre dame worth the trip car park
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This abbey, deep down in the valley, is so full of history! A beautifully preserved building with very well presented information.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MCLPerth
Reviewed 29 October 2018

The Abbaye is a major attraction in the region. The buildings are impressive, stark and solid, but the guided tour brings the story of the place and people alive. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank john s
Reviewed 5 October 2018

The lavender was just starting to show color when we visited in mid June and though it would have made the site look and smell spectacular, it was well worth the time to go there. The drive down the mountain to reach the Abbey is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank amw4
Reviewed 24 September 2018

This is a must see stop when you are in Gordes. The abbey has been around for centuries and is still active. In front of the abbey are large groves of lavender that make for a beautiful photo opportunity. They also have a large gift...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Steve S
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

Would look pretty amazing in lavender blooming season. Outside this part of the year lot still seemed worthy of a quick stop to admire the age of the building which is much larger than I expected. Nice gift shop. We couldn’t have been bothered to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank D8658KXtimr
Reviewed 18 September 2018

In season the gardens are purple with lavender, our visit was out of season unfortunately. We didn't go inside because we were dressed for the sun, but entrance seems to be free of charge

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AriedeG
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

The sight features amazing history and a very nice ambiance. Note though that in August this is not the place to see the lavender in bloom, but still a nice sight to visit. Car park available. People are so nice and they greet you on...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank nemanja1205
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Amazing how they were able to build this almost 2000 years ago. Worth the visit and the small entrance fee.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank CaliforniaOriginal
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Photos of this beautiful Abbaye are often shown in literature about Provence. Its setting is lovely, in a small valley, down a curving road, surrounded by lavender fields. The lavender was just in bud when we were there. We were sorry to miss the lavender...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank emfeAthens_Georgia
Reviewed 4 August 2018

for all non-French speaking visitors the only time to visit is in the morning, you can also go around on your own. It's not large, would take max 30 mins to view it in detail. In the afternoon ONLY French speaking groups are allowed, takes...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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30 June 2018|
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Response from jochens224 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I did visit the abbey in winter time. As we were staying in a hotel in Gordes it was only a 10++ minute drive. Therefore we just went there. It has a shop area were you can go without booking, of course :-) Within that... More
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Response from NatD123 | Reviewed this property |
We are here now and the lavender is just starting in the higher altitudes and not quite in full bloom here in the valley yet. I am told it will be done in a couple of weeks, but I find that hard to believe. Still a air... More