Visits of the Abbey

Abbaye Note-Dame de Sénanque

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.

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

The monks of Sénanque, in a spirit of sharing, open the doors of their abbey to visitors : during the visit, you can admire the abbey church, the ancient dormitory, the cloister, the warming room and the chapter house, built in the 12th and 13th centuries.

To allow most of people to visit that exceptional heritage, the entrance price is the same for several years.

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

Visits of the Abbey – Individuals

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.

Rates

– Adult : 7,50 €
– Student (from 18 to 25 years, on presentation of the card) : 5 €
– Child (from 6 to 17 years): 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 members of a religious order

The guided tour, which lasts 1 hour, is only in French, except for groups.

Timetables of the visit of the abbey – Individuals

Start times of the guided tours
Times for the unguided tours
January, February
Closed the 1st of January
10:30, 14:15, 15:30
Sundays : 14:15, 15:30
From 10:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 16:30
Except on Sundays morning
from 14:00 to 16:30
March
10:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
Sundays : 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
From 10:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00
Except on Sundays morning
from 14:00 to 17:00
April
Closed the 19th of April
10:30, 12:45, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:00
Sundays : 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:00
From 9:30 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00
Except on Sundays morning
from 14:00 to 17:00
May
Closed the 30th morning
10:10, 10:30, 12:45, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:00
Sundays and 10th of May : 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:00
From 9:30 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00
Except on Sundays morning
and the 30th morning from 14:00 to 17:00
June10:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
Sundays : 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
From 9:00 to 11:00 and from 13:00 to 17:00
Except on Sundays morning
and the 15th morning from 14:00 to 17:00
July, August
Closed the 15th morning
10:00, 10:30, 13h30, 14h00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00
Sundays and the 15th of August : 14h, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00
From 9:00 to 11:00 and from 13:00 to 17:00
Except on Sundays morning
and the 15th morning from 14:00 to 17:00
September10:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
Sundays : 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
From 9:30 to 11:00 and from 13:00 to 17:00
Except on Sundays morning from 14:00 to 17:00
From the 1st of October to the 3th of November
Closed the 1st of November morning
10:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:00
Sundays and the 1st of November : 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:00
From 10:00 to 11:00 and from 13:00 to 17:00
Except on Sundays morning from 14:00 to 17:00
From the 3th of Nov. to the 31th of December
Closed the 25th of December
10:30, 14:15, 15:30
Sundays : 14:15, 15:30
From 10:00 to 11:00 and from 13:00 to 16:30
Except on Sundays morning and the 25th from 14:00 to 16:30

Visits of the Abbey – Groups & Schools

The guided tour lasts 1 hour and can be in French, English or Spanish.

A guide of the abbey or your own professional guide always accompanies the group. On booking only, by phone or by email, confirmed by us.

Contact : visites@ndsenanque.net – 00 33 4 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

Timetables of the visit of the abbey – Groups & Schools

Possible start times of the guided tours
January, February
Closed the 1st of January
10:15, 10:45, 14:30, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50
Sundays : 14:30, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50
March
10:15, 10:45, 14:15, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50, 16:10
Sundays : 14:15, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50, 16:10
April
Closed the 19th of April
9:30, 9:50, 10:10, 10:45, 12:30, 13:00, 14:15, 14:50,
15:10, 15:50, 16:10, 16:45
Sundays : 14:15, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50, 16:10, 16:45
May
Closed the 30th morning
9:30, 9:50, 10:45, 12:30, 13:00, 14:15, 14:50, 15:10,
15:50, 16:10, 16:45
Sundays & 30th of May : 14:15, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50, 16:10, 16:45
June, July, August
Closed the 15th morning
9:00, 9:30, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 12:45, 14:15, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45
Sundays & 15th of August : 14:15, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45
September9:30, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 12:45, 14:15, 14:45, 15:15,
15:45, 16:15, 16:45
Sundays : 14:15, 14:45, 15:15, 15:45, 16:15, 16:45
From the 1st of October to the 3th of November
Closed the 1st of November morning
10:10, 10:45, 13:00, 13:45, 14:15, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50, 16:10, 16:45
Sundays & 1st of Nov. : 14:15, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50, 16:10, 16:45
From the 4th of Nov. to the 31st of December
Closed the 25th of December
10:15, 10:45, 14:30, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50
Sundays : 14:30, 14:50, 15:10, 15:50

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

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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