Abbaye de Fontenay

The Abbey of Fontenay was founded by Saint Bernard in 1118. It is one of the oldest Cistercian abbeys in Europe. The Romanesque architecture offers a remarkable unity to all buildings remained intact since the Middle Ages. The Abbey was transformed into a paper mill after the French Revolution by the family Montgolfier and was bought back in 1906 by Edouard Aynard, the ancestor of the present owners who continue on safeguarding this masterpiece of Romanesque art. The old Abbey of Fontenay (12th century) was one of the first monuments to be inscribed on the Unesco world heritage list. This classification has distinguished the exceptional value of Fontenay and its environment.

Health information

  • I undertake to respect the barrier gestures within the framework of this activity
  • Activity compatible with the health crisis
  • Updated opening conditions
  • Updated opening dates


  • Abbey
  • cloister
  • Monastry
  • Religious heritage
  • Cistercian
  • Romanesque

Quality labels

  • Abbayes et sites cisterciens d'Europe
  • Accueil Vélo
  • Epiques Epoques
  • Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO
  • Symboles de France
  • UNESCO World Heritage

On site


  • Specific theme activities
  • Specialist conferences
  • Conferences
  • Son et lumière


  • French
  • German
  • English
  • Shop


  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Parking
  • Toilettes


Type Min. Max.
Base rate - full rate adult 11€
Child rate 7,90€
Rate for unemployed persons 9€
0€ 5,70€
School rate 5,70€ 8,80€
Youth Rate 7,90€

Payment methods

  • American Express
  • Credit card
  • Cheques and postal orders
  • Travellers cheques
  • Holiday vouchers
  • Cash
  • Bank transfers
  • Visa

Opening times

Special opening conditions

The opening conditions of the Fontenay Abbey take into account the current health measures. Our current opening times are subject to change.
Visits do not require prior reservation.
Until 11/11/2021, it is possible to visit Fontenay Abbey freely, or during a guided tour which takes place every hour: 10am-11am-12pm-1pm45pm-4pm-5pm every day.
To be confirmed on our website

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