In the heart of its valley, the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque is a monastery still active. Discover this place out of time and in the warm season, its lavender fields.
The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque was founded in 1148 by Cistercian monks from Mazan in Ardèche.
Notre-Dame de Sénanque is thus the fourth Cistercian abbey founded in Provence, after Le Thoronet, Aiguebelle and Silvacane.
The abbey belongs to a powerful monastic order, carried by the aura of St. Bernard.
At the time of the birth of Semanque, the Cistercians had more than three hundred and fifty abbeys of men spread throughout Europe. They are based on a solid organization and have developed a specific and immediately recognizable architectural style.
The Senanque Valley offers all the necessary materials for construction, such as stone and wood. It is isolated, has cultivable land, pastures and above all a watercourse: the Senancole.
The abbey is completed 1220, a construction site of nearly 60 years.
The Abbey of Senanque and its lavender fields, postcard image of an authentic Provence with intoxicating summer scents