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December 6, 2014

France: The Cistercian Abbey in Pontigny

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The Cistercian Abbey in Pontigny

The Cistercian Abbey in Pontigny

 The historic Cistercian abbey in Pontigny is a short drive from Auxerre in northwestern Burgundy. We visited the abbey on a nice day in November. In these parts, November is definitely not the peak of the tourist season and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

Compared to the cathedrals of the same era, abbeys are typically less ornate and less grand. Often this simplicity translates to a peaceful, quiet feel. The quiet is particularly noticeable when the abbey is empty. Without people, the Cistercian abbey in Pontigny feels like cross between an eerie abandoned post-apocalyptic warehouse and a contemplative house of worship. It is an odd combination but an interesting feel.

Inside the abbey

Inside the abbey


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  1. […] of the world, Poblet is peaceful. In this sense Poblet is much like the rural Cistercian abbeys at Pontigny and Fontenay. But unlike Pontigny and Fontenay, the Poblet Monastery is still active. The 29 monks […]

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