Abbey of Fontenay World Heritage Site

Abbey located in Côte-d'Or, in France

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Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Abbaye de Fontenay R01.jpg
LocationMarmagne, Côte-d'Or, France
CriteriaCultural: (iv)
Inscription1981 (5th session)
Area5.77 ha (14.3 acres)
Buffer zone1,397 ha (3,450 acres)
Coordinates47°38′22.0″N 4°23′20.8″E / 47.639444°N 4.389111°E / 47.639444; 4.389111Coordinates: 47°38′22.0″N 4°23′20.8″E / 47.639444°N 4.389111°E / 47.639444; 4.389111
Abbey of Fontenay is located in France
Abbey of Fontenay
Location of Abbey of Fontenay in France
The church and convent building seen from the gardens.

The Abbey of Fontenay is a former Cistercian abbey located in the commune of Marmagne, near Montbard, in the département of Côte-d'Or in France. It was founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1118, and built in the Romanesque style. It is one of the oldest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in Europe, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Of the original complex comprising church, dormitory, cloister, chapter house, caldarium, refectory, dovecote and forge, all remain intact except the refectory and are well maintained. The Abbey of Fontenay, along with other Cistercian abbeys, forms a connecting link between Romanesque and Gothic architectures.

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