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Abbaye de Fontenay
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Burgundy & Franche-Comté, France

Abbaye de Fontenay

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Abbaye de Fontenay

Abbaye de Fontenay

The tranquil Abbey of Fontenay is the oldest surviving Cistercian foundation in France and offers a rare insight into the Cistercian way of life. It represents the spirit of the order in the sublime gravity of its Romanesque church and its plain but elegant chapterhouse, in early Gothic style. The abbey was founded in 1118 by St Bernard. Situated deep in the forest, it offered the peace and seclusion the Cistercians sought. Supported by the local aristrocracy, the abbey began to thrive and remained in use until the Revolution when it was sold and converted into a paper mill. In 1906 the abbey came under new ownership and was restored to its original appearance.

Address and Contact Details for Abbaye de Fontenay

Abbaye de Fontenay
21500 Montbard

+33 (0) 3 80 92 15 00

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Burgundy & Franche-Comté

Burgundy considers itself the heart of France, a prosperous region with world-renowned wine, earthy but excellent cuisine and magnificent architecture. Franche-Comté to the east combines gentle farmland with lofty Alpine forests.  Add the plethora of world-class wineries to some of France’s most gorgeous countryside and you have the recipe for a perfect tour of Burgundy.

Bungundy’s vignerons (winegrowers) only have small vineyards, rarely more than 10 hectares, and they produce small quantities of very good wine. Burgundy reds are made with pinot noir grapes and the best vintages demand 10 to 20 years to age; whites are made with chardonnay. The region’s most famous wine route, the Route des Grands Crus, and its often narrow variants wend their way between stone-built villages and steeple-topped churches or the turrets of a chateau peeping above the trees.

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Other Local Activities in Burgundy & Franche-Comté

  • Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Autun
  • Auxerre
  • Avallon
  • Basilique-Ste-Sainte Marie-Madeleine, Vzelay
  • Beaune
  • Brancion
  • Cathdrale St-tienne
  • Chablis
  • Chteauneuf-en-Auxois
  • Château d'Ancy-le-Franc
  • Château de Bazoches
  • Château de Bussy-Rabutin
  • Château de Cormatin
  • Château de Sully
  • Château de Tanlay
  • Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
  • Htel-Dieu (Muse du Vin de Bourgogne)
  • La Basilique du Sacr-Coeur
  • LAbbaye de Cluny
  • LAbbaye St. Philibert
  • Montral
  • Noyers-sur-Serein
  • Saulieu
  • Semur-en-Auxois
  • Semur-en-Brionnais