The Thoronet Abbey

Thoronet Abbey Map

Thoronet Abbey Map

Just over an hour west of us by car lies the Abbey of Le Thoronet, a former Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century, now restored as a museum. Years ago, in the days of analog photography, we had stopped there on the way home from the southwest of France. I had fond memories of the place and had wanted to go back for a while now. The opportunity presented itself on June 29, 2013; we left Cannes around 10:30 in the morning and arrived at the abbey a little before 11:45. There were relatively few visitors (lunch time in France!), and we spent about an hour and a half exploring the abbey on our own before making our way back to the parking lot where we had a bite at an outdoor restaurant from where we could see the afternoon visitors arrive by car and bus. The history of the abbey is quite interesting; you can read up on it in various places, for instance here.

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Walking from the parking lot to the entrance The entrance to the abbey

Walking from the parking lot to the entrance

The entrance to the abbey


The litte fountain... ...amid the abbey gardens.

The litte fountain...

...amid the abbey gardens.


Approaching the church The abbey church

Approaching the church

The abbey church


Inside the church The altar

Inside the church

The altar


The cloister The dormitories

The cloister

The dormitories


View from the church side into the garden View from the cloister towards the church

View from the church side into the garden

View from the cloister towards the church


The church Above the cloister

The church

Above the cloister


The roof of the storeroom Storeroom tiles

The roof of the storeroom

Storeroom tiles


Tiles Looking down into the garden

Tiles

Looking down into the garden


Dormitory wall The covered fountain from above

Dormitory wall

The covered fountain from above


The old fountain Looking from the fountain towards the church

The old fountain

Looking from the fountain towards the church


Outside the dormitory building Back in the church on our way out

Outside the dormitory building

Back in the church on our way out


In front of the converts building'... Lovely textured wall

In front of the converts building

Lovely textured wall


On the way to the square in front of the church Old tree trunk

On the way to the square in front of the church

Old tree trunk


Back at the garden by the entrance One last look towards the church

Back at the garden by the entrance

One last look towards the church

All photos on this page were taken with a Fujifilm X100S compact camera.
Additional photos, taken on March 11, 2016, may be viewed in a web gallery.





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