Built in the 12th century, Pontigny Abbey Church is the world's biggest Cistercian church! The dimensions of this huge medieval edifice are impressive: 108 metres long, with a 4,000 m² floor area! Its magnificent proportions, harmonious volumes, understated interior and the peace that it exudes all help to make this second daughter of Cîteaux such an unmissable heritage site.
A superb example of Cistercian architecture, the Burgundian abbey, nestling in an estate of 10 hectares planted with century-old trees, is typical of the transition between Romanesque and Gothic art. These two periods are clearly visible on the inside, which was designed to create a contemplative atmosphere for the monks.
In the 12th and 13th centuries, Pontigny welcomed two exiled archbishops of Canterbury: Thomas Becket and Stephen Langton. One of their successors, Edmund of Abingdon, canonised in 1246 and known in France as St. Edme, was laid to rest in the sanctuary.
Classical music-lovers should not miss Les Heures Musicales de Pontigny, part of the Festival of Sacred Arts which takes place there at the end of July.
|Opening times||Monday: 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM • Tuesday: 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM • Wednesday: 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM • Thursday: 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM • Friday: 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM • Saturday: 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM • Sunday: 08:00 AM – 07:00 PM|
|Address||5 Avenue de l'Abbaye, Pontigny|
|Telephone||+33 3 86 47 54 99|