You’ll be transported directly into the heart of the crowning glory of Cistercian abbeys
Built in wooded surroundings, the Abbaye du Thoronet is one of France’s so-called « Provençal sisters ».
The construction of the abbey – at the point the river meets a spring – began in 1160 and was only completed in 1230. Gradually frequented, in the 13th century it was home to around twenty monks and dozens of lay brothers. The abbey belongs to the Cistercian Order and strictly follows the Rule of Saint Benedict. In 1790, seven monks were still living there. However, it came under threat at the end of the 17th century, because parts of the abbey began to collapse and the general state of dilapidation meant restorations were urgently required. These began in 1841 with the support of Prosper Mérimée, inspector of historical monuments.