Senanque Abbey, (Notre Dame de Senanque) is a Cistercian abbey located on the town of Gordes, in the Vaucluse. The Abbey is a part, just as Abbey Silvacane and the Abbey Thoronet, "three sisters of Provence." It is still occupied by a community of Cistercian monks.
The abbey of Senanque takes its name from the Sénancole, a small river which takes its source in the Vaucluse mountains and flows into the Calavon.
Based on the territory of Gordes June 23, 1148, at the initiative of the bishop of Cavaillon, by Cistercian monks from the Ardeche, the abbey of Senanque was therefore part to its origins of the prerogative of lords Gordes. In October 1150 one of them, Guiran of Simiane, gives Pierre, the first abbot. In 1544 during the wars of religion, the monastery was burned by the Vaud and the building destroyed converse. The abbey of Senanque is virtually abandoned and the seventeenth century, it had only two monks. It will be sold as national property in 1791 but bought by a cleric to 1850, it will be renewed prosperity. New buildings will be constructed, and 72 monks will settle there. Since then, the monastic life has been interrupted.
It is possible to visit the Abbey of Senanque, and the community of Cistercian monks of Notre-Dame de Senanque even has a Hotellerie, for people wishing to share the prayer life of the community, in silence and meditation .
Your visit will allow you to admire the monastery, a magnificent example of Cistercian architecture, built with stones of the beautiful country. The dormitory, with a length of 30 meters, can accommodate some thirty monks. It is soberly informed by an oculus and narrow windows. The church offers proportions admirable, but shows no respect for decoration Cistercian austerity. The cross tansept is yet topped by a cupola on tubes very worked.
You can also go to the house, six cross-warhead, which was the only room where the monks were allowed to speak.
Finally, you will visit the cloister voutées whose galleries are a must to move from one building to another. Again, the decorations are no longer discrete, to promote prayer or meditation monks.
Gordes - Manosque - Lourmarin - Cavaillon - Apt - Bonnieux - Roussillon - Fontaine de Vaucluse - L'Isle sur la Sorgue - Luberon - Abbaye de Montmajour - Abbaye de Frigolet - Le Thor - Abbaye du Thoronet