Petit Futé's opinion on THORONET ABBEY
The abbey of Thoronet is the most visited site in the Var. Together with the two other Cistercian abbeys of Provence, Sénanque and Silvacane, it forms the trilogy to which the lovely name of "our three little Provençal sisters" has been bestowed. It was in 1146 that monks who came from Tourtour to find water discovered this site. The rule of Saint Benedict required them to live in a state of humility, poverty and balance between work and prayer. During the Revolution, they were expelled, the abbey was abandoned and used as a stone quarry by the villagers. Prosper Mérimée saved the abbey by reporting it to the architect of the Monuments Historiques. Some of the buildings have completely disappeared. Fortunately, the church, the cloister, the chapter house, the cellar and the monks' dormitory are intact. The church, in the shape of a Latin cross with one nave, has exceptional acoustics, adapted to the enhancement of the human voice and the resonance of Gregorian chant. The abbey is the most beautiful example of Provençal Romanesque architecture at its peak, with its harmonious proportions, the balance of its masses, and the perfection of the fitting of the carefully assembled stones. The trapezoidal shape of the cloister has raised many questions. Is it a simple adaptation to the topography of the land, or should it be seen as a configuration charged with symbols, with an esoteric meaning? In the garden, the lavatorium, a hexagonal stone basin fed by sixteen spouts, was used for the monks' ablutions.
Information on THORONET ABBEY
Closed on 1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November and 25 December. The abbey is open every day, but the hours change according to the season. More info on the site. Free of charge up to 26 years of age (and handicapped persons). Adult: 8 €. Group (20 people): 6,50 €. Tourism & Handicap Label. Guided tour. Catering. Shop. Free visit with visiting document.
Services offered by THORONET ABBEY
- Accessible aux fauteuils roulants
- Accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite
- Aménagements pour handicapés mentaux
- Aménagements pour malentendants
- Aménagements pour malvoyants
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