Abbaye de Fontenay
Abbaye de Fontenay
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Abbey of Fontenay was founded by Saint Bernard in 1118. It is one of the oldest Cistercian abbeys in Europe. The Romanesque architecture offers a remarkable unity to all buildings remained intact since the Middle Ages. The Abbey was transformed into a paper mill after the French Revolution by the family Montgolfier and was bought back in 1906 by Edouard Aynard, the ancestor of the present owners who continue on safeguarding this masterpiece of Romanesque art. The old Abbey of Fontenay (12th century) was one of the first monuments to be inscribed on the Unesco world heritage list. This classification has distinguished the exceptional value of Fontenay and its environment. Free Parking and gift shop. Until 1/11/2020, Fontenay Abbey is open every day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Regular guided tours will take place only on weekends in French. From 02/11/2020 to 18/12/2020, only the week-end from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and free tour only.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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publiussulla
Seattle, WA291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This was a great place to walk around and soak up a bit of history. It is like stepping back into time at this mostly preserved medieval abbey. Beautiful gardens and historic buildings are the main themes here with the handout that was provided by the staff. If you stop here and then go onto Vezelay you get a discount. Nice place to visit and highly recommended for those that like history, culture and a peaceful surrounding.
Written 10 April 2022
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TravellingJen
Orlando62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Located between Paris and Dijon, we found this peaceful little abbey to be an intriguing almost forgotten piece of history. Once the home of 200 monks the abbey is influenced modern civilization in numerous ways that you will learn about as you tour the grounds. The very quiet and peaceful spot is a perfect place to bring a lunch. The Burgundian abbey was founded around 1188, and is located at the end of a valley with a pleasant stream. Off the beaten track, but an interesting worthwhile stop. Some may find it dull, we thought it interesting and beautiful. Enjoy!
Written 14 August 2005
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Rolf W
Wettingen, Switzerland166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
An abbey you have to see for yourself. Wonderful park in excellent shape. You may enter in several buildings and check out the old architecture, You may spend hours in the ample garden area and walk around freely.
Must see place when you stay in Burgundy.
Ample parking lots close by.
Written 29 May 2022
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Rolf W
Wettingen, Switzerland166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Wonderful abbey to visit. Ample space to walk around. Buildings are in good shape, wonderful park to spend hours to relax.
Must see place when you stay in Burgundy.
Ample parking lots close by.
Written 29 May 2022
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wmcca
Stevens Point, WI177 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
This was the best preserved abbaye in four weeks of travel in Normande and Bourgogne (Burgundy), but they have all been stripped to the bone.

I think of the entrance fee as not how much I enjoyed the visit, but an opportunity to preserve the structures.

The French rave about the place. I think they are proud and maybe the government pays them to be enthusiastic.
Written 25 April 2015
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Deborah M
Kent, OH37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
The Oracle at Delphi famously said "Know thyself" and that is especially true when traveling. I say that because the Abbey at Fontenay has an incredible appeal for a certain type of traveler. Personally, I love monasteries. I have visited really countless ones in Europe. They give me a sense of peace. Often they are set in beautiful natural settings as Fontenay is. So, if you are the kind of person who likes to go to somewhat out of the way places and just drink in atmosphere, then Fontenay is for you. Fontenay is just amazing. I don't even know what words to use. I was lucky bc I went in January so I basically had the place to myself and that's what I wanted. I just sat in a window in the scriptorium and tried to blend with the place. Oh and I took about 50 million selfies. I didn't have a car (the Hertz office in Beaune is to be avoided at all costs unless you like rude treatment) so getting there was a tiny bit challenging but not really. Just take a train from Dijon to Montbard (hint: they pronounce it Mome-BAH, even though I speak a little French I would never have figured out that spelling from the pronunciation). And from there you can get a taxi. As of Jan 2014 the RT cab fare was 24 euro. You pay when they come pick you up. It's not always the same taxi so if you see a taxi at the appointed hour, ask if they're there for you. Bottom line, I loved Fontenay. It's on my list of top 5 things I've seen, ever, but then again I'm pretty sure I was a monk in a past life. When I texted a friend he asked if they made abbey style ale. The answer is no. It's not a working monastery. It's privately owned and no you can't get a beer there (so byo if you want, there's no open container laws in Europe).
Written 25 January 2014
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Carmen8889
Bucharest, Romania66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
This was one of the highlights of my trip in Burgundy. The guided tour was very insightful, the site is very well kept and everyone is willing to help and provide any additional information. It is definitely a place to return!
Written 12 August 2020
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Stephen S
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Immensiely satisfying and tranquil with a feeling of returning back to nature. The grounds were impeccable and the interiors of the buildings really brought home the ancient splendour of the buildings. Well worth a detour...even a visit.
Written 10 December 2019
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Schmedley2
North Saanich, Canada134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
So beautiful, the buildings and the gardens are wonderful. Would not miss this place. We were there n October and there was only about a dozen or so cars in the parking lot, so it was like being there all by ourselves.
Written 11 November 2019
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Ph0000
Hobart, Australia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
The Abbaye has had a chequered history (it was a paper mill for a while) but most of the original buildings survive and the dross has been removed. The renovations are very well done and it is an harmonious outcome.
We walked, largely through woods, from Montbard. Ask at the tourist office, it is well marked (mauve rectangles) and easy to follow.
Written 27 June 2019
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