Comming to Cote D’or (France) a must see is the Abbey of Fontenay.
The ancient Fontenay Abbey (12th century) is one of the first French monuments being recognised as part of the World Heritage by UNESCO. In 1981 this classification has distinguished the exceptional value of the Fontenay Abbey and its environment.
Founded in 1118 by Saint Bernard, the Fontenay Abbey is one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in France. Spared by the French Revolution, all the Roman style buildings have been completely preserved : the Abbot’s lodging, the dormitory (lovely arched braced roof of chestnut timber) cloister, the council room, the scriptovisual room, the heating room and the forge. (wich I like a lot )
The monument is nestled in a fully preserved and officially protected valley in the north of Burgundy. The French and English gardens surrounding the abbey have been recently redesigned by the English landscape architect Peter Holmes. The entire park counts two hectares and has been classified as “remarkable garden” by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
The private property of Fontenay is maintained and preserved by the same family since 1820.
The abbey is located in the commune of Marmagne, near Montbard, in the département of Côte-d'Or in France.
Some prictures of our visite: