Travel: France – Gordes, Abbaye de Senanque

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When visiting Gordes, you are just a stone’s throw away from Abbaye de Senanque… so why not include that in your daytrip?! Let me tell you more about our visit…

The Abbaye de Senanque is well-known for the lavender fields in front of the Cistercian abbaye. Unfortunately when we visited, it was still way before the lavender was in bloom, but I can imagine that the soft purple colour of the lavender and the robust, grey building complement eachother perfectly…

The abbaye is only a 15 minute drive from Gordes and it lies in a very serene spot. I was glad that it wasn’t too crowded when we visited.

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The abbaye was built in the 12th century and soon a thriving community of monks lived in and around the abbaye. At the end of the 18th century however, only 2 monks remained and the abbaye was sold to the state.

In the middle of the 19th century, the abbaye was bought by a clergyman and soon was inhabited by monks again. Up until this day, monks live, work and pray in the abbaye.

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Visitors are welcome in the Abbaye. We paid our entrance fee and visited the abbaye on our own, but I’d advice you to follow a guided tour or make use of the histopads (they didn’t offer us a histopad during our visit, so I guess those are relatively new!) as that will give you lots of information about the place you are visiting. Now it was just a bit disappointing to be honest.

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In the abbaye there’s also a shop, which sells lots of locally made products like biscuits, soap, fragrances, oil,…

Have you ever visited Abbaye de Senanque? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Kathleen

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(Can you spot my husband and daughter in the picture below 🙂 ?)

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