Abbaye Note-Dame de Sénanque

Services

As monks, perpetual prayer is our aim. Regularly in the day, our community gathers to celebrate the Divine Office.

The services are currently celebrated in the winter chapel of the monastery.

Visits of the Abbey

From the 1st of February to the 3th of March 2019

The monastic shop is open from 10:00 to 17:00. On Sundays, from 11:00 to 17:00

Guided tours in French during 1 hour :

  • From Monday to Saturday : 10:30, 14:15 and 15h30
  • Sundays : 14:15 and 15:30

Unguided Tours :

  • From 10:00 to 11:30 (last entrance at 11:00), except on Sundays
  • From 14:00 to 17:00 (last entrance at 16:30), everyday

On Sundays : no unguided tours the morning, mass at 10:00 in the winter chapel of the monastery

Visitors can get information in a brochure (9 languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese and Chinese)

Booking and timetables for the year

Spiritual retreats

The prior and the monks of the Abbey of Senanque are happy to welcome you for a spiritual retreat.

We receive people who want to share the life of prayer of the community, in silence and contemplation. According to your rhythm, you are invited to share the services of the community. Meals are taken in silence. If you come by car, please do not use it during your stay to visit the area. This to preserve the seriousness of your stay.

The monks would be happy to have a spiritual discussion with you.

The duration of your stay is maximum 8 days. One day costs around 30€ for the community. We don’t accept payment by credit card.

For your arrival, make sure to come :

  • The morning between 9:00 and 11:00
  • The afternoon between 15:00 and 16:30
  • On Sundays before 12:00 or at 17:30

We can’t welcome you on Mondays. The access map can be download here.

Thank you to favour mail contacts : frere.hotelier@ndsenanque.org

History of the abbey

The abbey of Senanque is founded the 9th of the Calends of July 1148 (23th of June) by Cistercian monks from Mazan in Ardeche. Our Lady of Senanque is the fourth Cistercian abbey founded in Provence, after Le Thoronet, Aiguebelle and Silvacane.

Abbaye de Sénanque - Vue de Coupe

(c) Corinne Brisbois

 

Community

As 900 years ago, the Abbey shelters a community of Cistercian monks who lived according to the rule of Saint Benedict.

Seven times per day, the community gathers together in the abbey church to pray.

Visits of the Notre-Dame of Sénanque Abbey

Situated, since the 12th century, deep in its Provençal valley, the Abbey of Sénanque is one of the most pure examples of the primitive Cistercian architecture.

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