Abbaye du Thoronet

Abbaye du Thoronet, Le Thoronet

Abbaye du Thoronet
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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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 expression of the simplicity and precision of the order of Saint Bernard. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Sundays: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.). > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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Michael m
Southampton, UK2 contributions
The really don't support photographers
May 2021
Don't visit now. place is loaded with security/covid police. they coral you thru the building. it has the feeling of "they" own it. Even if you pay taxes in France - Gov still owns it. Also don't try bringing a Tripod because they don't support photographers- get your dark blurry photos and get out.
Written 29 May 2021
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,466 contributions
I was about to strangle the guide....
Jun 2020
... when she started to sing. What an unforgettable sound! The only reason for these 5 stars. Otherwise it would have been 3 or 4: a very nice monastery but an extremely annoying guide because she let the visitors guess the whole time about anything she wanted to "tell". And of course in every group you have some elderly people who want to show off their knowledge, but often they miss, so the play of guessing is endless.
Written 26 June 2020
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InaMariaBarbara
Copenhagen, Denmark1,360 contributions
Interesting Cistercian abbey from 1100-1200 century
Nov 2019 • Friends
The Cistercian abbey in Thoronet is interesting to visit, because there is a lot left from the time, when the monks lived there. The Church is interesting, not changed a lot from The period. Notice The two Doors in The back. No center door, but a door for The Munks, and a door for The servants.
Written 10 November 2019
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MiaFin
Southern Finland, Finland184 contributions
Well preserved and simple
Aug 2019
This abbey is well preserved and very simple - like it was meant to be.It is the sister abbey to Silvacane and Senanque and the building process of this abbey begun already in the 12th century, so that itself is pretty amazing...It was beautiful in its own way, but still we were not so impressed, but... I do understand if somebody is totally amazed by this place/building. Not us.
Written 8 September 2019
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Alexandru-Talmazan
Bucharest, Romania100 contributions
Arhitectural Purity
Jun 2019 • Family
A pleasant and impressive immersion in architectural history. A good display of literature at the local shop.
Written 7 July 2019
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Robert S
Folkestone, UK1,061 contributions
Magnificently preserved Cistercian Abbey with beautiful cloisters
Oct 2018
It's well worth while driving up the long road and then walking from the car park to find this monastic gem. The Cistercian Order built their abbeys in secluded places, away from the temptation of the towns. This is a perfect example. The church, cloisters and chapter house are beautifully preserved but are very plain, as the Cistercians did not approve of unnecessary ornamentation or stained glass. But the architecture is magnificent, and the octagonal monks' washroom (think Moaning Myrtle's bathroom in the Harry Potter films) is amazing!
Written 27 October 2018
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Christensen25
Lyngby, Denmark32 contributions
Home page stated the abbey was open - however this was not correct
Oct 2018 • Couples
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 not the only ones arriving and getting disappointed. Poor service and poor administration of a place of such a significant cultural heritage.
Written 4 October 2018
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Michael W
Bath, UK242 contributions
Very austere and very beautiful
Sep 2018 • Couples
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 very quickly get a feeling of the peace and tranquility of the place. Architecturally it is Romanesque and very austere....with really no ornamentation at all. Lovely cloister and well labelled descriptions of what you are looking at. We think in retrospect we should perhaps have taken the audio guide. We did briefly join a (French) guided tour but it was delivered too quickly for me so we bailed out. The abbey church itself is wonderful and the acoustics absolutely superb....you could hear a pin drop!
Written 17 September 2018
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ougla
London, UK3 contributions
Up there
May 2018 • Family
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.
Written 10 September 2018
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Edward d
Amersfoort, The Netherlands3 contributions
Since it was the #1 thing to see we went to pay a visit
Aug 2018 • Family
From historic perspective interesting to read about the monks that lived here. We rather quickly walked through the abbey and the garden and then back to the car for other adventures.
Written 14 August 2018
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