Abbey of Fontenay

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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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UNESCO Convention du Patriomoine Mondial L'Abbaye Cistercienne de Fontenay figure sur la liste du Patrimoine Mondial Cultural et Naturel L inscription sur cette liste sous la recommandation de l'ICOMOS consacre la valeur unierselle et exceptionelle de ce bien afin de contribuer a sa sauvegarde au benefice de l'humanite

English translation: UNESCO World Patrioine Convention The Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay Is listed on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage List The inscription on this list under the recommendation of ICOMOS ensures the uniqueness and exceptional value Of the property in order to contribute to For the benefit of humanity

Fontenay Abbey - Marmagne, Côte-d'Or, Montbard, France where it sited