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Abbaye du Thoronet, Provence

Magical Cistercian abbey situated in glorious countryside

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One of the famous Cistercian abbeys, the Abbaye du Thoronet was built in the late 12th century. This is a magical place, set in beautiful countryside of the Var. The abbey is wonderfully tranquil, surrounded as it is by woods and small streams.

Consisting of a simple church, dormitories, charter house and cloister, the lack of decoration reflects the Cistercian way of life where manual labour and self sufficiency are highly valued. Guided tours are available or you can wander around on your own.


Map of the surrounding area