Tickets for Le Thoronet Abbey: Fast Track

Visit a perfectly preserved ancient monastery and see how the monks lived

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Opening hours
Wednesday:  10:00 - 17:00
Thursday:  10:00 - 17:00
Friday:  10:00 - 17:00
Saturday:  10:00 - 17:00
Sunday:  10:00 - 17:00
Monday:  10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday:  10:00 - 17:00
  • Visit a perfectly preserved Cistercian Abbey from the late 12th century
  • See where the devout monks lived, worked and worshipped, in a church complex designed to totally eliminate distractions, temptations, and any contact with the outside world
  • Explore the main church, chapter house, dormitory, cloisters, storerooms and more

The 12th-century Thoronet Abbey came to represent the ultra-pious spirit of the Cistercian order, stipping away all distractions to keep the mind pure. Now, filled with history and perfectly austere design, a visit to this living museum is a fascinating insight into a forgotten way of life.

Known as the 'jewel' of the Cistercian abbeys, Thoronet Abbey was an ideal place for the monks to live, work and worship without intrusion or temptation.

Even the design embodies this philosophy, built from only the most basic elements atop a rock that represents foundations of strong faith.

Enter through the minimalist entrance, and take in the serenity of the main church. In the adjoining chapter house, you can see where the monks met every morning to study the Bible. Beautiful, spartan cloisters run along the northern side.

A visit here is a perfectly peaceful day out in the beautiful Provençal countryside.

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Entrance to Le Thoronet Abbey
Guided tour (1 hour, bookable at the venue for French. Please call beforehand for the tour in English or German)
Audio guide (available at the entrance in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Japanese)
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Le Thoronet Abbey
Le Thoronet, 83340, Nice
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Getting There

  • From Aix-en-Provence: A 8, exit 35 Le Cannet des Maures or N 7 to Cannet des Maures, then D 79 to l'Abbaye du Thoronet
  • From Cannes: A 8, exit Cannet-des-Maures, N 7 to Fréjus, then D 17 to Abbaye du Thoronet
Insider tip

Stop to explore the simple living quarters and to admire the ingenious running water system which still works today!

Ratings & reviews
8 Reviews

Sep 6, 2019
Passage ultra rapide après scan des billets. Accueil sympathique. Proposition de visite guidée. Conseil à suivre car guide très intéressante et passionnée.
Jul 6, 2019
L&#39; Abbazia è molto bella, ben tenuta e in un contesto suggestivo. Quando si lascia l&#39; autostrada non è però ben segnalata l&#39; indicazione per raggiungerla a tal punto di dubitare di essere sulla strada giusta. Nei pressi del parcheggio c&#39; è un punto di ristoro un po&#39; scadente,visto che sorge in un posto isolato, privo di ristoranti nel raggio di qualche chilometro.<br>
Sep 11, 2018
Visite très intéressante. Le guide que nous avions, si je me ne trompe pas : Carine, très très préparée nous a exposé la philosophie, l organistation , la construction de l abbaye ainsi que la symbologie que l on retrouve sur les constructions.<br> Encinitas, un veritable délice.<br>La prochaine fois à l’Abbaye du Thoronet pour un concert!

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