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Now a winery, farm, bookstore, and restaurant, Abbaye de Fontfroide is a former Cistercian monastery. The building's facade features classic Gothic style, and the choir has been called the Parthenon of the French Gothic. Examine the ornately carved wooden doors, an elaborate astronomical clock, tapestries from the 15th and 17th centuries, and famous stained-glass windows from the 13th, 14th, and 16th centuries. Some of the stained glass illustrate the elusive transitional stage between the Gothic and Renaissance artistic styles. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Abbaye de Fontfroide by using our Narbonne online driving holiday planner.
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Absolutely love this place as everyone says, the architecture is stunning as is the location. The gardens in the old graveyard is a beautiful peaceful place to sit, smell (roses and herbs)and...
Absolutely love this place as everyone says, the architecture is stunning as is the location. The gardens in the old graveyard is a beautiful peaceful place to sit, smell (roses and herbs)and... more »
Former abbey in a beautiful setting with stunning gardens. Plan to spend at least an hour to have time to wander through the gardens.
Former abbey in a beautiful setting with stunning gardens. Plan to spend at least an hour to have time to wander through the gardens. more »
Gloriously peaceful. Quite an amazing place. We were lucky enough to be serenaded by ancient orchestra warming up for evening concert. Very interesting place with good signposting of what's what. Lovely gardens in a beautiful valley.
One of the best abbeys i've ever seen. We arrived there in the afternoon after visiting Carcassonne. The abbey is completely surrounded by greenery. Windows' church are breathtaking. Strongly recommended.
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