Visits of the Abbey

Located deep in its Provençal valley, the Abbey of Sénanque is one of the most pure examples of the primitive Cistercian architecture.

Just like during the 12th century, a community of Cistercians monks is currently living in the Abbey of Sénanque, still following the rule of Saint Benedict.

Seven times a day, the monks gather in the abbey church to pray together.

In a spirit of sharing, the monks chose to open of the abbey to visitors. During the visit, you can visit the ancient dormitory, the cloister, the warming room and the chapter house, built during the 12th and 13th centuries. The church is currently closed because of the renovation works.

In order to enable to the  most to visit that exceptional heritage, the entrance price is the same since several years.

The admission fees contribute to maintain and restore the Abbey of Sénanque.

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Visits of the Abbey – Individuals

Guided tours

Guided tours, which are one hour long, are only in French, except for groups.

Because of the current healthcare situation, wearing a mask is mandatory during guided tours.

  • From Monday to Saturday : 10:30, 14:30, 15:15 and 16:00
  • Sundays and the 15th August (Assumption): 14:30, 15:15 and 16:00

Unguided Tours with HistoPad

New : visit the abbey with the Histopad. Go back in time with this digital tablet and discover the abbey in the summer of 1230!

The Histopad is available in 10 different languages : french, german, english, spanish, italian, portuguese, chinese, japanese, polish and dutch.

  • From Monday to Saturday : between 9:30 and 11:00 and between 13:00 and 17:00
  • On Sunday and the 15th August (Assumption):: between 13:30 and 17:00

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Rates of the Guided Tours

– Adult : 8 €
– Student (from 18 to 25 years, on presentation of the card) : 5 €

– Adult : 8 €
– Student (from 18 to 25 years old, on presentation of the card) : 5 €
– Child (from 6 to 17 years old): 3,50 €, free from the 3rd child under 18 years old with his/her parents.
– Free for child under 6, for guides (on presentation of the card), for priests and for members of a religious order

Rates of the Unguided Tours with HistoPad

– Adult : 9,50 €
– Student (from 18 to 25 years old, on presentation of the card) : 5 €
– Child (from 6 to 17 years old): 3,50 €, free from the 3rd child under 18 years old with his/her parents.
– Free for child under 6, for guides (on presentation of the card), for priests and for members of a religious order

Timetables of the visit of the abbey – Individuals

Start times of the guided tours
Times for the unguided tours
January, February, March, November, December
Closed all day the 1st January
January
From Monday to Saturday : 10:30, 14:30, 15:30
On Sundays : 14:15, 15:30
From Monday to Saturday : between 10:00 and 11:00 and between 13:00 and 17:00 Sundays : between 13:30 and 16:30
April, May, September, October
Closed all day the 10th April (Holy Friday)
From Monday to Saturday : 10:30, 14:30, 15:15, 16:00
On Sundays and the 21th May : 14:30, 15:30, 16:00
From Monday to Saturday : between 9:30 and 11:00 and between 13:00 and 17:00 Sundays : between 13:30 and 17:00
June, July, AugustFrom Monday to Saturday : 10:30, 14:30, 15:15, 16:00
On Sundays and the 15th of August : 14:30, 15:15,16:00
From Monday to Saturday : between 09:30 and 11:00 and between 13:00 and 17:00
Sundays and the 15th of August : between 13:30 and 17:00

Visits of the Abbey – Groups & Schools

En raison des mesures liées au Covid19, nous vous informons que les visites guidées de groupe sont pour l’heure limitées. Seuls les groupes avec un guide extérieur sont actuellement accueillis. Un groupe ne peut excéder 20 personnes, le port du masque est obligatoire.

Nous contacter : 04 90 72 18 24

Rates for groups

From April to September
– Package of 20 visitors + the guide of the abbey : 145€
– Package of 20 visitors + your own professional guide : 105€
– Additional visitor : 6.50 € – Maximum 50 persons per group – Visits in French, English and Spanish

From October to March
– Package of 15 visitors + the guide of the abbey : 105€
– Package of 15 visitors + your own professional guide : 65€
– Additional visitor : 6€ – Maximum 50 persons per group – Visits in French, English and Spanish

Rates for schools

Rates for a school group : 120€
Group of 30 students under 18 years old maximum and 5 adults – Additional adult : 6,50€

Terms and methods of payment – Groups & Schools

Down payment of the package on booking, 60 days maximum before the visit – Additional tickets the day of the visit or with voucher and invoice – By bank transfer or credit card
Cancellation:
– 15 days before the visit, refund at 100 %
– special cases : contact us

Be guide at Senanque

Before being a touristic site, the Abbey of Sénanque is a place of monastic life.

For all that, the monks are happy to open and share this architectural jewel with visitors. That’s why visits, with a guide or not, are organized all over the year.

The abbey offers jobs for guides, from April to September.

The assignment is for professional guides or students in history searching for a work placement.

We don’t have the possibility to accommodate the seasonal guides.

Please send your application and curriculum vitae to : candidatures@ndsenanque.net

Lapidary signs

Silent witnesses of the accomplish work, about 2600 lapidary marks are present in Sénanque. Thanks to this signs, the stonemason could be payed.

It can also be a signature, as “publicity” for the mason or his working group.

Tache Sénanque
Tacheron Sénanque

(c) Py Rinquin – Abbaye de Sénanque

Useful informations

The Abbey of Sénanque is a place of a monastic life : it’s important to respect the spirit of silence and prayers. Proper dress code is required.

Seeing as there are many stairs in the medieval abbey, the access for disabled persons is particularly difficult and impossible with a wheelchair. The community of the monks of Sénanque undertakes a program of restoration to make the abbey accessible to disabled persons.

Dogs and other pets are not allowed inside the abbey (except assistance dogs).

Shooting informations

Photos for personal use, without tripod, are allowed even during the visits.

Photos or videos shooting with models, extras or professional equipment (tripod, lightning, etc.) are forbidden inside and outside of the abbey.
No photo, no video, no sound recording during the services.
The access to the lavender fields is forbidden in order to preserve the harvest of the monks of Sénanque.
Every commercial use of the image or the name of the Abbey of Sénanque is strictly forbidden.
The drone’s overflights are strictly forbidden in the valley and over the abbey.

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