Thoronet Abbey (Abbaye du Thoronet) is a Cistercian abbey founded in 1146 and built over the next century. The acoustics of the church are said to create a long echo which forced the monks to sing slowly and perfectly together. This is one of the "Three Sisters of Provence", three Cistercian abbeys near Aix-en-Provence (Silvacane Abbey, Sénanque Abbey and Thoronet Abbey).
Location: France - Provence - Var - Le Thoronet
Tags: Cistercian Abbey
Thoronet Abbey is north of the main autoroute that goes from the Cote-d'Azur to Aix-en-Provence. It can be visited from Aix or as a day trip from the Cote d'Azur (an hour's drive from Nice). There is a large parking lot, with a short walk to the abbey.
The historic part of the abbey is open to visitors. Visit the church, the cloisters, the chapter house, the converts building, and the storeroom.
There is a large gift shop.
The monks chant every Sunday at noon.
Website: Abbaye du Thoronet
Day trip contributed by Pauline Kenny
We visited the abbey in fall 2016 on a day trip from Antibes. The abbey is in a beautiful countryside location, up in the hills above the coast. We were there during school holidays and there were a lot of visitors.
Read more: Glossary - Cistercian Abbey.