Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque

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5 km from Gordes

Altitude : 370 m

The Cistercian Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque is located in the Provençal region of Vaucluse. Surrounded by lavender fields, it lies just a few kilometres from the world-famous village of Gordes and the Roussillon ochres. The abbey was founded in 1148 by monks who had arrived from the Vivarais; whilst based on the Cistercian model, it integrated distinctive regional elements. July is particularly recommended as a time to visit, as it is then that the beautiful lavender fields are in full flower, filling the area with their heady aromas.

in situ: traditional services celebrated by the monks are open to the general public. Mass on Sundays at 10am, Monday at 8.30 am and at noon on the other days of the week. Religious bookshop open from 10am to 6pm from February through to November. The monks offer visitors guided tours of the twelfth century abbey, enabling you to explore the abbatial church, the cloisters, the chapter house room, the warming room and the former dormitory.
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