Abbaye de Fontfroide
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Abbaye de Fontfroide

Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne

Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne

Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne

Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne
 
Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne

Immerse yourself for a day in the silent universe of the Cistercian Monks, who had only the cicadas’ song to distract them from contemplation.
Standing in front of its high walls, it’s hard to imagine just how vast the Abbey is. Once you have passed the gate, the splendour of the ochre sandstone building will be revealed.
It is one of the most beautiful Cistercian abbeys of France, founded in 1093 and saved from ruin in 1908 by art patrons Gustave and Madeleine Fayet.

While discovering the dormitory and refectory, you will plunge into history and learn about the particularities of the Cistercian Order... 
You will find out, for instance, that the professed monks never met the conversi, or lay brothers, who were manual workers. They all lived in the Abbey, but in separate quarters. On a sunny day, end your visit on a colourful note: the garden with its rose bushes, which brighten the cloister. The Abbey and its 24 granaries was one of the richest abbeys of the Order. It is located at the heart of the protected massif of La Clape, surrounded by pine, cypress and boxwood trees...
  Specialities

Cistercian hospitality
Take a seat at the Table de Fontfroide, a restaurant located in a renovated sheep-fold, and enjoy a meal that is far from monastic! Try one of the chef’s specials, mackerel pie served with crushed tomatoes, caramelised onions and basil. For dessert: spiced apples stewed in the abbey wine. Frugality is definitely not on the menu here!

Climb higher
For a digestive stroll, there is nothing like a climb up to the Cross, at the top of the hill, where you will have a breathtaking view over the Abbey and its gardens.

Taste the divine nectar
Back in Abbey, enjoy a wine tasting session in the cellars. Follow the advice of the sommelier and fall under the spell of the white and red wines, Muscat or Merlot.

Gregorian chant
If you are in Fontfroide for Easter (Sunday, March 23rd), listen to the Gregorian Choir of Paris singing Christus Factus Est. Just close your eyes to be transported back into the Middle Ages. In August (from 1st to 5th), the walls of the Abbey will resound to the Music and History Festival, featuring Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras.

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Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne

Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne

Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne

Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne
  Opening Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne:   Wheelchair friendly

- 02 january to 30 march - From 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00
- 31 march to 30 june - From 10:00 to 12:15 and from 13:45 to 16:45
- 01 july to 31 august - From 10:00 to 18:00
- 01 september to 01 november - From 10:00 to 12:15 and from 13:45 to 16:45
- 02 november to 24 december - From 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00
- 26 december to 31 december - From 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00
 
Office de Tourisme Aude en Pyrénées Qualité Sud de France Le Pays Cathare Aude Tourisme Fédération du Tourisme de Terroir en Pyrénées-Orientales
Equipments and Services:
 
  * Individual guided tours
* Group guided tours
* Garden
* Bar
* Restaurant
* Shop
* Parking
* Park
* Groups Accepted
* Disabled reception
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Narbonne

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Portel des Corbières

Le massif de la Clape

Le massif de la Clape



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A.O.C. Corbières

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Organic Wine

Organic Wine

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Abbaye de Fontfroide
 
Leisure - Museum - Castle - Abbey
 
Route départementale 613
11100 NARBONNE
 
Phone1 +33 4.68.45.11.08
Phone2 +33 4.68.45.50.71
Fax +33 4.68.45.18.31

Email -
info@fontfroide.com

Website -
www.fontfroide.com

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Adults: 10.00 €
Children: 3.50 €
 
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Restaurant La table de Fontfroide

Restaurant La table de Fontfroide - Narbonne



In 1093, a Benedictine monastery is founded in Fontfroide. When Saint Bernard comes to the Languedoc in 1145, it joins the order of the Cistercians. The same year the construction of the church begins. With its pointed barrel vault rising to a height of 20 m, it represents in impressive manner the simplicity of Cistercian architecture. In the old farm of Fontfroide, discover the restaurant 'La Table de Fontfroide'. A new and young team, A completely refurbished interior decoration and a modern furniture, A menu around the regional products and the wines of the abbey. La table de Fontfroide is open, we are at your disposal....


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