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Thoronet Abbey, Monuments, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Thoronet Abbey

This building is one of the most remarkable abbeys to come out of the Order of Citeaux.

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Thoronet Abbey France
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Thoronet Abbey

Thoronet Abbey, one of the three Cistercian gems in Provence (along with Senanque and Silvacane) was built during the second half of the 12th Century. Set in a secluded spot in Darboussière forest, between Draguignan and Brignoles, the church and its cloister provide a wonderful illustration of the simplicity and sobriety of Cistercian architecture.
Quai de l'Abbaye 83340 Thoronet.
Tel.: (+33) (0)4 94 60 43 90.
Opening times: April to September: from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
October to March: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
Closed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Sundays and in 01/01, 01/05, 01/11, 11/11, 25/12.
Entry price: ?5.50 Euros.
Mass is sung by the Sisters of Bethlehem every Sunday at 12:00 pm.

Thoronet Abbey

The central nave of Thoronet Abbey, Thoronet Abbey, Monuments, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
The central nave of Thoronet Abbey

The three openings on the western wall of the abbey represent the Holy Trinity.

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The cloister of Thoronet Abbey, Thoronet Abbey, Monuments, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
The cloister of Thoronet Abbey

The location of the cloister was determined by the direction of the river.

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Inside Thoronet Abbey, Thoronet Abbey, Monuments, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Inside Thoronet Abbey

The chevet in the abbey-church is devoid of any form of decoration, in accordance with Saint Bernard's simplistic ideology.

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Under the cloister of Thoronet Abbey, Thoronet Abbey, Monuments, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Under the cloister of Thoronet Abbey

The Cistercian cloister of Thoronet Abbey takes the form of an elongated trapezium.

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Exterior view of Thoronet Abbey, Thoronet Abbey, Monuments, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Exterior view of Thoronet Abbey

Thoronet Abbey is a day's walk away from the diocese of Frejus.

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