Fontfroide Abbey: a thousand-year-old architectural wonder
Fontfroide Abbey, an architectural complex that dates back to the last millennium, shares its history with its visitors in southern France.
Located 15 minutes from Narbonne, this gem from the Middle Ages can be found in the foothills of the Corbières. The majestic Fontfroide Abbey, now classified as a private monument, sweeps its visitors away on a journey through time. This historical destination in Occitanie offers a charming and inspiring atmosphere crafted by its old stones, peaceful gardens, and marvellous, open-air concerts.
Moving from one millennium to another in Fontfroide
Built in 1093, the abbey combines architectural prowess with nature in a perfect blend of both plants and the mineral world. Featuring a cloister, chapels, and stained glass windows, the abbey was built over the course of two hundred years, and the builders used a mixture of both Roman and Gothic styles. Fontfroide, which was originally a Benedictine, then a Cistercian abbey, looks like a castle. Even today, architects, artisans, and stone masons work tirelessly to maintain the abbey’s remarkable condition.
A thousand and one events year round
A full calendar of events takes place throughout the year to the delight of the abbey’s guests, who can learn more about the event and the location with help from a hand-held multimedia tablet. Thanks to theatrical tours provided by actors, conferences, treasure hunts, night-time tours with special sound and lighting effects, medieval-themed events, tours of private apartments, festivals, evening concerts, egg hunts, and plant festivals, visitors are constantly invited to embark on a wonderous journey.