A quick stop at Sénanque Abbey

| September 27, 2011
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Southern France's Sénanque Abbey

Sorry no lavender but you can’t have it all right? After visiting the hilltop village of Gordes, Donna flipped on the Garmin and set our destination to the famous Sénanque Abbey.  Fortunately, the Abbey was only seven minutes away in a valley just north of Gordes. Upon our arrival, we parked the car in a dirt lot, pulled out the lunch we had bought in Gordes, and enjoyed the mid September weather as we marveled at how well the Abbey had been preserved over the years. The Abbey’s trademark lavender fields had already been harvested. Although we were late for the lavender, we still enjoyed our visit and the secluded and serene atmosphere around us.

According to Sacred Destinations, the monastery was founded in 1148 when lords of the area donated the land. It was populated by a group of twelve Cistercian monks. Like all Cisterican abbeys, Sénanque is lovely in its austere beauty. With no decoration to distract the monks per the instructions of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the harmonious proportions of its Romanesque architecture can be fully appreciated.

Does anyone think that this would make a good painting challenge? Hint: You could add your own lavender!

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A quick ride from Gordes, France to the Sénanque Abbey

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  1. AutumnLeaves says:

    Oh my! Truly a shame! (Sorry for not commenting earlier, Lee. For some reason, Blogger isn’t updating the blog roll on my blog with the latest posts until two days later!)

  2. Lol. This is another reason to stay away from old buildings. Poor Audi. Hope it was insured. 😉