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Senanque Abbey

Senanque Abbey - Lavender
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Notre-Dame de Senanque is a Cistercian abbey near the village of Gordes in the department of the Vaucluse in Provence. The Senanque Abbey was founded in 1148 under the patronage of Alfant, bishop of Cavaillon, and Raymond Berenger II, Count of Provence, by Cistercian monks who came from Mazan Abbey in the Ardeche. During the Wars of Religion the quarters for the lay brothers were destroyed and the Senanque Abbey was ransacked by Huguenots. The community was expelled 1903–1926 and departed to the Order's headquarters, Lerins Abbey on the island of St. Honorat, near Cannes. A small community returned in 1988.

Senanque :
Leaving Gordes, take the D177 which offers beautiful views of the abbey below. In summer, the lavender fields give the abbey its own particular cachet.

Guided visits (individual and group) in the monastery on reservation.

Consult the official website of the Senanque Abbey  : where you can find any information.

Sunday and solemnity at 10 a.m., Monday at 8.30 a.m.,
Tuesday to Saturday at 12 a.m.
Vespers : everyday at 6 p.m.

Map of Gordes - Map of Vaucluse - Map of Provence

Information : +33 (0)4 90 72 05 72

Senanque abbey - architectural detail Senanque Abbey - Cloister
Copyright Photos : José Nicolas

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