Rendez-Vous in Fontenay Abbey

  • Fontenay Abbey

    Fontenay Abbey

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  • Fontenay Abbey

    Fontenay Abbey

  • Fontenay Abbey

    Fontenay Abbey

    © OT Fontenay

  • Fontenay Abbey

    Fontenay Abbey

    © OT Fontenay

  • Fontenay Abbey

    Fontenay Abbey

    © OT Fontenay

  • Fontenay Abbey

    Fontenay Abbey

    © OT Fontenay

  • Fontenay Abbey

    Fontenay Abbey

    © OT Fontenay

  • Fontenay Abbey

    Fontenay Abbey

    © OT Fontenay

Rendez-Vous in Fontenay Abbey Fontenay Abbey 21500 Montbard fr

Founded in 1118 by Saint Bernard, Fontenay Abbey is one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in France. The Romanesque architecture gives a remarkable impression of harmony to the convent complex dating from the 12th century. The visitors’ route takes them through the church, the dormitory, the cloister, the chapter house, the scriptorium, the warming room and the forge. Transformed into a paper mill during the French revolution, Fontenay Abbey was bought in 1820 by Elie de Montgolfier, a descendant of the first balloonists. The paper manufactory ran until 1906, when Édouard Aynard, the son-in-law of Raymond de Montgolfier, acquired Fontenay. 
 

Nowadays, the same family still manages the maintenance and conservation of the site. Privately owned, Fontenay Abbey was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1981. Less than half an hour’s walk takes you to Saint Bernard’s pool or the Munières forest clearing, where the monks used to mine iron ore. 


Getting there

Train:

  • TGV high-speed rail connection: Paris - Montbard - Dijon
  • Paris - Montbard: 66 min
  • Montbard - Dijon: 30 min
  • Shuttle bus available from Montbard station in July and August

By car:

  • 6 km from Montbard
  • A6 exit no.23: Bierre-les-Semur
  • A5 exit no.22: Magnant or exit n°23 : Ville sous la Ferté
  • Dijon (80 km), Paris (250 km)

 

Services

Restaurants: School groups and groups of adults only


Visiting

Visiting the shrine:

  • The visitors’ route takes them through the church, the dormitory, the cloister, the chapter house, the scriptorium, the warming room
  • Guided tours available for groups in French, English, German, Italian and Portuguese. By prior reservation
  • Private masses can be organised before 10am. By priorreservation
  • The abbey is open all year round
    From Easter to 1 November: 10am to 6pm
    The rest of the year: 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 5pm 

Literature:

  • A library is open to visitors
  • A tour leaflet is available for visitors
  • A guide can be reserved at the ticket office prior to your arrival

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