Abbaye Note-Dame de Sénanque


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 1th to the 30th of April 2019

The monastic shop is open from 9:30 to 18:00. On Sundays, from 11:00 to 18:00

Guided tours in French during 1 hour :

  • From Monday to Saturday : 10:30, 12:45, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:00
  • Sundays : 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:00

Unguided Tours :

  • From 09:30 to 11:00 except on Sundays
  • From 13:00 to 17:00 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 monastic shop will be closed on April 19th. Visits will resume on 20th April.

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.

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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



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.