Liven up your holidays!

Pontigny Abbey

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne

Pontigny Abbey - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Yonne
7.7
18

Located in the heart of Burgundy, about fifteen kilometres from Chablis, Pontigny Abbey is the largest intact Cistercian monument in France, with a length of 108 metres and an area of 4,000 m². Simplicity, sobriety and elegance are the watchwords of this imposing place.

Built in the 12th century, this unique abbey church combines Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Faithful to the Cistercian style, it is devoid of any superfluous depictions and is content to sublimate and magnify the light. This light enters through uncoloured stained glass windows to illuminate the white limestone pillars, amplifying the feeling of luminosity and space. Admire the purity of the lines and the harmony of the proportions, feel the minimalist atmosphere, savour the monastic silence: a visit to Pontigny Abbey is an experience not to be missed...

Near the abbey, the idyllic setting of the Serein Valley allows you to prolong this moment of peace with a gentle stroll in calm and serenity.

Opening timesMonday: 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
Address5 Avenue de l'Abbaye, Pontigny
Telephone+33 3 86 47 54 99
Official sitewww.abbayedepontigny.com

Additional information
Pontigny Abbey

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, Pontigny welcomed two English archbishops in exile: Thomas Becket and Etienne Langton. But it is the body of one of their successors: Edmond d'Abingdon canonized in 1246 under the name of St Edme which rests in the sanctuary.

The largest Cistercian abbey in the world
The largest Cistercian abbey in the world
See photo
Cistercian Light
Cistercian Light
See photo
The building of the lay brothers of the twelfth century
The building of the lay brothers of the twelfth century
See photo
Cistercian Perspective
Cistercian Perspective
See photo
Play of light and shadow
Play of light and shadow
See photo
Ringing bells active abbey
Ringing bells active abbey
See photo
Baroque stalls open on the nave
Baroque stalls open on the nave
See photo
view of the cloister from the dormitory of the lay brothers
view of the cloister from the dormitory of the lay brothers
See photo

Visit ideas nearby

Your holidays
A hotel
A vacation rental
A bed & breakfast
A campsite
A leisure activity
A restaurant
A rental car
A plane ticket
By continuing to browse our site, you are agreeing to the use of cookies to improve your experience and make targeted offers.
Find out more and make settings