Founded in 1144 on marshland on the banks of the Durance, "silva cana" (reed forest) is the most recent of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence.
Take time out to gaze at its painstaking and functional architecture where nothing should distract brothers from prayer. After two years of glory, the abbey went into a period of decline and the monks left in 1440. The site underwent extensive renovation work in the 1990s and 2010s to restore it to its former glory. The abbey church, dormitory, cloister, chapter house, refectory and fire room are now open to visitors.
The abbey also has a diverse cultural schedule packed with exhibitions, concerts, plays and circus shows.
June 1st-September 30th daily 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-5.45pm
October 1st-March 31st daily exc. Monday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.45pm
April 1st-May 31st daily exc. Monday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-5pm
Fun-filled family visits with exciting treasure hunts
Guided tours every Sunday from September to June 11am-2.30pm and daily in July and August 10.30am-3.30pm
Tickets: 8 €
Under 12s: free
Concessions: 6,50 € (12-18 year olds, students, large families, disabled visitors, journalist)
Stop ticketing ¾ hour before monument closure
Audioguide in French/English: +2€, 75 minute tour
Treasure hunt available for 6-8 year olds and 10-12 year olds
Cistercian itinerary: discover the three abbeys: Silvacane - Sénanque - Le Thoronet; and enjoy a preferential rate.
Discounts with the "Pass Abbaye", "CityPass", "Pass My Provence", "Visites Passion" and "Provence Escapade" cards