Abbaye Note-Dame de Sénanque


Because of a weakening of the building, the church is closed until the end of the works of consolidation.

During the works, the services are celebrated in the winter chapel of the monastery.

The service of None is not open to public.

The community thanks you for your understanding.

Visits for individuals

From the 1st of December to the 28th of February 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)

The abbey will be closed :

  • The 25th of December all day
  • The 1st of January all day
  • The 10th of January all day

Booking and timetables for the year

Spiritual retreats

Preached retreats

The monks of Sénanque regularly organize week-ends on the discovery of the lectio divina, the praying reading of the Scriptures.

The dates for the next sessions will be published soon.

We have a limited number of participants. Thanks to book as soon as you can.

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


A community of Cistercian monks has been living in Sénanque since 1148, following the Rule of St. Benedict in the purest monastic tradition.

Seven times a day, the community gathers in the abbey church to celebrate the Divine Office.

The brothers of Sénanque dedicate their lives to prayer and labour.

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.

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