Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member richwolf
N 47° 38.359 E 004° 23.321
31T E 604308 N 5277146
Quick Description: The Abbey of Fontenay is a Cistercian abbey located in the commune of Montbard, in the département of Côte-d'Or in France.
Location: France
Date Posted: 11/12/2007 4:29:30 PM
Waymark Code: WM2JPW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
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Long Description:
The abbey was bought by Édouard Aynard in 1905 and restored. Apart from the demolished refectory, it retains almost all of its original buildings: church, dormitory, cloister, chapter house, heating room, dovecote and forge, all built in Romanesque style, with a later abbot's lodging and infirmary. It is one of the oldest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in Europe, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

The church of the abbey was built from 1139 to 1147, and was dedicated by Pope Eugene III in 1147. It has a cruciform plan, with a nave 66 metres long and 8 metres wide, with two aisles, and a transept measuring 19 metres. The cloister measures 36×38 metres. The chapterhouse is vaulted, with heavy ribs. The large dormitory is roofed with 15th century chestnut timbers.
Type: Building

Reference number: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/165

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