Gordes in Vaucluse, France
"One of the most pure witness
of the monastic architecture
in the XIIth"
abbey was founded in 1148 at the bottom of the valley of Gordes, during
that Middle-ages which covered the Catholic Christendom with more than
All the abbeys are built on the same plans and according to the Saint Benoit 's rule, the Cistercian monks lead a life of prayer and work, mainly farm and entirely in a community.
At Senanque we may participate in the monks' prayers during the offices.
The dormitory may be visited, as well as the church, the chapter room, the heating room, the cloister .