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Abbey of Thoronet

Btwn Draguignan and Brignolesb, 83340 Le Thoronet, France
+33 4 94 60 43 90
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We visited the Abbey when they had an evening with a bag pipe is't playing Majestic and the... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Vars, France
12th century abbey

Deep in the forests of Var is this historic gem, awell preserved cistercien Abbey built in the 12th... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Btwn Draguignan and Brignolesb, 83340 Le Thoronet, France
+33 4 94 60 43 90
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

We visited the Abbey when they had an evening with a bag pipe is't playing Majestic and the acoustics of the Abbey - sublime The cloisters and the Abbey is a must to visit. ENJOY

Thank MH280862
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Deep in the forests of Var is this historic gem, awell preserved cistercien Abbey built in the 12th century. The site is beautifully restored, and a visit gives a great opportunity to learn about how monks lived a thousand years ago.

Thank Retired_Stockevik
Reviewed 3 March 2017

you can really feel history when you walk through the beautiful buildings. Would love to have the chance to take part in a service in the very nice church on sundays.

Thank Niels T
Reviewed 18 October 2016

A must see, beautiful place so peaceful and picturesque couldn't put my camera down it was 7.50 euros but worth it, check times before visiting or you will be disappointed.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Went on a last minute decision,worth a visit. Very well organised, very National Trust, with the gift shop etc. What did it for me was the acoustics in the main part of the Abbey, where we were treated to a Gregorian chant by a member...More

2  Thank Fattybagpuss
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The Abbey itself is as lovely as we expected (other than the parched grounds). Very tranquil, friendly place. But the real treat was the concert rehearsal we were lucky enough to happen upon. It was one of the most unexpected, surprisingly moving experiences that I've...More

Thank therealmissrita
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Check opening and closing times before you set out. They say they close at 6.30 pm but we, and another family, were turned away at 5.55 pm despite having checked on their website first.

1  Thank PoppyBelfast
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

A cool oasis on a warm day. Walk peacefully through ancient cloisters and stone halls. An hour covers the site well, try to avoid being caught in the proximity of tour groups as the acoustics are such that this ruins the tranquility of the spaces.

Thank Andy B
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We were fortunate in being able to hear French and Corsican monastic choirs perform side by side one July evening. Acoustics good but if was very very inside the abbey even late at night. Bring a cushion for any concerts you go to. Security very...More

Thank poleinahole1
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a beautiful place giving an insight into the simple life led by Cistercian monks in the 12th century See photos Combine a visit with a special lunch in the Michelin star Le Relais des Moines in nearby Les Arcs

Thank graham w
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