Abbey of Senanque

Enclosed in the hollow of its Valley, the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque remains as one of the purest witnesses of primitive Cistercian architecture. It is still inhabited by a community of Cistercian monks.


More specifically, it is the testimony of men gathered by the call of Christ to follow him more closely, which gives meaning to this religious building.
The location of a monastery, its architecture, its style remind all visitors the purpose of such a set of buildings: be a school of the Lord's service. Saint Benedict wrote a rule (life century), under which us campaigning, who wants to be a modality for the implementation of the Gospel.

In the 11th century, the saints Robert, Alberic and Stephen, our founding fathers wanted to return to the rule of St. Benedict in a desire for a monastic life more demanding and authentic. Our Cistercian life rests on three pillars: the liturgical Office, Lectio Divina, the work. The liturgical celebration, which is a public worship to God, is the element that structure our existence.
Seven times a day, the community gathers at the Church to pray. This rhythm of prayer, the liturgy of the hours, is designed to sanctify the day. It is the privileged meeting the monk (and the community) with the creator and Savior.