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The Abbaye du Thoronet was built at the end of the 12th century. It is one of the "Three Sisters of Provence" (with Senanque and Silvacane Abbeys) and one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture. The whole monastery is a forceful...more
Btwn Draguignan and Brignolesb, 83340 Le Thoronet, France
Went to see the abbey and checked the home page in advance (see picture) to check opening hours. The home page stated it was open. It was, however, closed - for a full month; only shown on some handwritten posters at the site. We were...More
We had been told about this Abbaye by friends and it did not disappoint. Buried in woods it seems (and is!) miles from anywhere.
The entrance is a converted monastic building where there is a shop and ticket office but once through that you can...More
This site is up there with the best. The architecture is second to none on a world heritage level and as a cultural centre, each of my three visits to their exhibits have been an equally enlightening experience.
We did the audio tour €3 per person and it was worth it. The place is lovely and you learn about monastic life and culture. The church and many of the buildings are absolute works of art. Well worth a visit.
An ancient Cistercian abbey, the visit of which would agreeably fill a spare 45 minutes or so.
Somewhat incongruously we found an exhibition of modern artwork in the dormitory, but that can be excused. The visit was made all the more interesting and understandable by...More
We visited the abbaye the second week of July in the morning and to our surprise, it was really not crowded (max 25 persons). There are guided tours that are probably worthwhile but as we visited with our kids of 4 & 6 we decided...More
This old abbaye dates back more than thousand years. It is fairly well preserved and further also nicely restored. It is hidden just outside the small village of Thoronet in the woods and hillsides.
There is a fine and free parking in the woods opposite...More