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Tucked away in an isolated valley north of the VILLAGE OF GORDES (seen above), the Abbey’s AUSTERE BEAUTY is only amplified by the GORGEOUS LAVENDER FIELDS that set it apart from other abbeys. and custom of the Cistercian monks of Abbaye Notre Dame de Sénanque to tend to the fields—likely the most photographed lavender fields in the world. Tucked away in an isolated valley north of the village of Gordes (seen above), the Abbey’s austere beauty is only amplified by the gorgeous lavender fields that set it apart from other abbeys. The structure is a gem of medieval Romanesque architecture, characterized by semi-circular arches, thick walls, sturdy pillars, large towers and decorative arcading. It was built from stone that has weathered over

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the years into a lovely heather-gray color that complements the vibrant purple of the lavender fields. Each summer, people from all over come to see the iconic lavender fields. After taking 60 years to construct, Sénanque was founded in 1148. Prior to its construction, the monks lived in simple huts nearby. However, life here has not always been easy, as religious wars that began in 1544 left the once-flourishing grounds devastated and the monks expelled from their home. It was not until 1926 that the Abbey was purchased by the state and work began

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Wine & Country Living Spring 2017  

Wine & Country Living Spring 2017