Abbey of Abondance

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    Abondance

    Founded in the 12th century by canons and occupied by Cistercian monks from the 17th century, the Abbey of Abondance was abolished in 1761. It reveals the power of a gothic mountain architecture and conceals fabulous artistic treasures.

    Founded in the 12th century, the Abbey has left its mark on the Abondance valley. The monastic buildings, where the monks lived, still bear witness to the power of the Abbey in the Middle Ages.
    Transported back to medieval Savoy thanks to the 15th century wall paintings which adorn the cloister, you will be seduced by the peacefulness of the place.
    The exhibition “From history to art: sacred heritage in the Abondance valley” invites you to explore, in part of the old convent buildings, the collection of sacred art made up of exceptional objects.
    As you enter the abbey church, with its Gothic mountain architecture, you will be amazed by the trompe-l’oeil decorations from the 19th century and the rich furniture.
    Independent access to the church, according to the opening hours defined by the parish.

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    Further information

    People with reduced mobility can access the church and cloister, but must be accompanied to enter the monastery and the exhibition.
    From history to art: sacred heritage in the Vallée d'Abondance.
    A coach park has been provided at the entrance to the monastery, but wheelchair users will need to be accompanied to gain access to the church and cloister entrances.

    For your visit, you can scan a QR code to access the tour booklet from your smartphone (remember to download a QR code reader) - available in several languages.

    Groups welcome all year round by prior arrangement. To find out more about our special offers for adult and children's groups, please visit our website or contact our team. Catalogues available on request.

    Picnics not permitted.

    Cultural activities

    • History
    • Plastic arts
    • Calligraphy
    • Paintings graphic arts
    • Binding and frames
    • Glassware
    • Religion
    • Architecture
    • Restoration sites

    Services & Equipment & Activities

    • Children's entertainment
    • Handicrafts workshops
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Shows
    • Tourist brochures
    • Tourist information
    • Exhibition space
    • Shop
    • Toilets
    • Car park
    • Free car park
    • Coach parking
    • Parking
    • Public WC
    • Themed tour
    • Guided tours
    • Educational visits
    • Guided group tours
    • Unguided group tours
    • Guided individual tours
    • Unguided individual tours
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    Customer base

    • Groups
    • Home school groups
    • Holiday Camps Home
    • Children from 3 to 5 years
    • Children from 6 to 12 years
    • Young people from 13 to 17 years old
    • Cycle 1: nursery school
    • Cycle 2: elementary School
    • Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2)
    • Cycle 3: college (6th)
    • Cycle 4: middle School
    • Higher Education

    Opening

    From 26/12/2023 to 30/04/2024
    Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 5 pm.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    Closed exceptionally on January 1st.

    From 01/05 to 30/06/2024
    Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

    From 01/07 to 31/08/2024
    Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

    From 01/09 to 30/09/2024
    Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

    From 01/10 to 01/11/2024
    Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 5 pm.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    Annual closure from 1 November to 23 December 2024.

    From 02/11 to 22/12/2024.
    Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Animals

    Animaux : Refused

    Adapted Tourism

    • Mental disability

    Prices

    Full price: 5.50 €
    Reduced price: 4.50 € (Family, student, person with a disability).

    Free entry for children < 6 years.
    Group rate available for > 10 people.

    Duo" offer Admission to the Maison du Fromage + Abbey of Abondance: €9 per person aged 6 and over.
    Advantages granted on presentation of specific cards (contact us).

    Pass Léman France and Multipass Portes du Soleil: free entry on presentation of cards.

    Information for booking

    Duo" offer Admission to the Maison du Fromage + Abbey of Abondance: €9 per person aged 6 and over. Advantages granted on presentation of specific cards (contact us). Pass Léman France and Multipass Portes du Soleil: free entry on presentation of cards.

    Payment method

    • Carte bancaire
    • Chèque
    • Chèque Vacances
    • Chèques Vacances Connect-en
    • Espèces
    • Pass culture-en
    • Paiement sans contact-en
    • Credit transfer

    Location

    Place de l'Abbatiale
    74360 Abondance

    By car: From the banks of Lake Geneva, take the D22 towards the Abondance valley. On foot: from the centre of the village, head towards the Place de l'Abbatiale along the "Montée du Cloître", which runs alongside the town hall and presbytery, then under the porch. The entrance to the site, on the square, is a little further up on the right. Accessible by car from the church square. Car parks located at the entrance or in the centre of the village. Bus line Colombus (Vallée d'Abondance) and line 12 Thonon-les-Bains - Châtel.

    Characteristics :

    • Close to a trunk road
    • Town location
    • In centre of town
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Bus stop < 500 m
    • Near shuttle stop
    • Village centre

    Spoken languages

    • German
    • English
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Italian
    • Dutch

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