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Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle abbey

 

In 1137, the Cistercian Abbey of Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle was founded in honour of the Virgin Mary.

Visit the abbey Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle during your camping holiday

Occupied since its foundation by a community of monks living in prayer, manual labour and silence, Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle Abbey is one of the oldest Cistercian abbeys in France. Characteristic of the 12th century, its architecture, remarkably preserved, is transitional: between Romanesque (thick walls, semi-circular arches) and Gothic (ribbed vaults, slightly broken arches). A community of thirty Trappist monks live there today, making a living from the craft of making tonic drinks and therapeutic ointments. A few rooms welcome travellers wishing to recharge their batteries in this peaceful place.

Visitors can walk the paths around the monastery, discover the church, the Tibhirine Memorial, a replica of the Grotto of Lourdes and the monastery shop, where there is an exhibition room and a video room showing a film about the life of the community.

To discover the abbey during your weekend or camping holiday in the Drôme, we have listed a dozen campsites near Montjoyer.

Practical information:

Church visiting times: check the service times

Shop and showroom hours: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. From 2.30 to 5.30 p.m. on Sundays.

Contact details:

Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle

26230 Montjoyer

Tel. 04 75 98 64 70

Website: abbaye-aiguebelle.cef.fr

 

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