List of Cistercian monasteries in France

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The following is a list of Cistercian monasteries in France, including current and former Cistercian abbeys, and a few priories, on the current territory of France, for both monks and nuns.

These religious houses have belonged, at different times, to various congregations or groups within the Cistercian order, among which the most important, for the French monasteries, are:

Many of these monasteries during the course of their existence have been both Cistercian and Benedictine. (see also : List of Benedictine monasteries in France).

The dates in brackets are those of the beginning and the end of a monastery's status as a Cistercian house, which may be different from its dates of foundation and suppression.

The names of currently active Cistercian abbeys and independent priories are in bold. Apart from a very few unusually significant ones, dependent priories no longer operational are not usually listed.


Acey Abbey (Jura)
Aulps Abbey (Savoy)


Bonneval Abbey (Aveyron)
Boulaur Abbey (Gers)


Chaalis Abbey (Oise)
La Chalade Abbey (Meuse)



L'Étanche Abbey (Rollainville, Vosges)


Fontaine-Guérard Abbey (Eure)
Fontenay Abbey (Côte-d'Or)


Gruchet-le-Valasse Abbey (Seine-Maritime)


Hautecombe Abbey





Loc-Dieu Abbey (Aveyron)
Longuay Abbey (Haute-Marne)


Mazan Abbey (Ardèche)




Pontigny Abbey (Yonne)
Site of Port-Royal-des-Champs (Yvelines)



Ré Abbey, La Flotte, Île de Ré


Saint-Antoine-des-Champs (Paris)
Sénanque Abbey (Vaucluse)
  • Saint-André-en-Gouffern Abbey, monks, diocese of Séez (La Hoguette, Calvados)
  • Saint-Antoine-des-Champs, nuns, diocese of Paris (Paris), now the Hôpital Saint-Antoine.
  • Saint-Aubin-du-Bois Abbey, monks, diocese of Saint-Brieuc (Plédéliac)
  • Saint-Benoît-en-Woëvre Abbey, monks, diocese of Metz (Meuse)
  • Saint-Dizier Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Dizier), nuns, diocese of Châlons-sur-Marne
  • Saint-Just Abbey, nuns, diocese of Vienne
  • Saint-Marcel Abbey, diocese of Cahors
  • Saint-Paul-de-Beaurepaire Abbey, nuns, diocese of Vienne
  • Saint-Pierre-du-Puy Abbey (Abbaye Saint-Pierre-du-Puy or Abbaye Notre-Dame des Plants), nuns, diocese of Orange
  • Saint-Sulpice en Bugey Abbey, monks, diocese of Belley (Thézillieu, Ain)
  • Sainte-Acire Abbey (or Priory?) (Seine-Port, Seine-et-Marne) [64]
  • St. Catherine's Abbey, nuns, diocese of Geneva
  • St. Catherine's Abbey, Avignon, nuns, diocese of Avignon (Avignon)
  • Sainte-Croix Abbey, nuns, diocese of Apt
  • Sainte-Houlde Abbey (or Hoïlde or Hould): see Le Val d'Ornain
  • Les Salenques Abbey (also known as Abondance-Dieu Abbey) (Les Bordes-sur-Arize, Ariège)
  • Salvane or Silvanis Abbey, monks, diocese of Vabres
  • Le Sart Abbey (also known as Sauchois Abbey) (Abbaye Notre-Dame du Sart or de Sauchois), nuns, diocese of Cambrai
  • Saubalade Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saubalade), monks, diocese of Lescar
  • Sauvebénite or Sauvebenoite Abbey, nuns, diocese of Le Puy
  • Le Sauvoir Abbey, nuns, diocese of Laon
  • Savigny Abbey, monks, diocese of Avranches
  • Scellières Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Scellières), monks, diocese of Troyes (1168-?) (Romilly-sur-Seine, Aube)
  • Sénanque Abbey (Abbaye de Sénanque or Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque), monks (Gordes, Vaucluse) [65]
  • Sept-Fons Abbey (Abbaye de Sept-Fons or Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sept-Fons), monks, diocese of Autun (Dompierre-sur-Besbre, Allier) [66]
  • Signy Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Signy), monks, diocese of Reims (Signy-l'Abbaye, Ardennes)
  • Silvacane Abbey (La Roque-d'Anthéron, Bouches-du-Rhône)
  • Sturzelbronn Abbey, monks, diocese of Metz (Sturzelbronn, Moselle)
  • Sylvanès Abbey (otherwise Silvanès Abbey) (1136-1789) (Sylvanès, Aveyron) [67]



  • Ubexy Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Joseph d'Ubexy), nuns (Ubexy, Vosges) [72]
  • Ulmet Abbey (also known as Aumet Abbey), monks, diocese of Arles (c. 250 - 1791)


Le Valasse Abbey (Seine-Maritime)
Valloires Abbey (Argoules, Somme)
Villelongue Abbey (Aude)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Acey Abbey website
  2. ^ Aiguebelle Abbey website
  3. ^ Altbronn Abbey website
  4. ^ Payrin-Augmontel municipal website: l'abbaye d'Ardorel
  5. ^ Auberive Abbey website
  6. ^ it is unclear how this monastery related to the Cistercians
  7. ^ Office de Tourisme de la Valle d'Aulps: webpage on Aulps Abbey
  8. ^ Website of Beaulieu Abbey
  9. ^ Fondation Bon Sauveur website: Bégard Abbey
  10. ^ Bellaigue was founded in 950 as a Benedictine priory, became an abbey in 1136, became Cistercian in 1137, was suppressed in 1791 and re-founded as a Benedictine abbey in 2000;Bellaigue Abbey (Benedictine) website, including a page on the Cistercian abbey
  11. ^ Belval Abbey website
  12. ^ Bénisson-Dieu Abbey website
  13. ^ Blauvac Abbey website
  14. ^ Bon-Repos Abbey website
  15. ^ latterly occupied by the Communauté des Béatitudes
  16. ^ Bonneval Abbey website
  17. ^ Bonport Abbey website
  18. ^ Boulaur Abbey website
  19. ^ Diocese of Coutances website: Bricquebec Abbey
  20. ^ now a hotel
  21. ^ latterly attachd to the Congregation of the Feuillants
  22. ^ La Chalade Abbey
  23. ^ Chambarand Abbey website
  24. ^ Champagne Abbey website (now a farm hotel)
  25. ^ Cîteaux Abbey website
  26. ^ Personal interest website: Clairlieu Abbey
  27. ^ La Coudre Abbez website
  28. ^ Le Désert Abbey website
  29. ^ Échourgnac Abbey website
  30. ^ L'Étoile Abbey website
  31. ^ La Ferté Abbey website
  32. ^ Fontenay Abbey website
  33. ^ Fontfroide Abbey website
  34. ^ Fontmorigny Abbey website
  35. ^ Foucarmont municipal website: Foucarmont Abbey
  36. ^ Diocese of Angers website: Les Gardes Abbey website
  37. ^ La Grâce-Dieu Abbey website
  38. ^ Diocese of Reims website: Igny Abbey
  39. ^ Le Landais Abbey website
  40. ^ Friends of Léoncel Abbey website
  41. ^ Lérins Abbey website
  42. ^ transferred from Vergy to Beaune
  43. ^ Longpont Abbey website
  44. ^ Melleray Abbey website
  45. ^ Website of Saint Mesmin's Abbey, Micy, now occupied by the Micy Carmel
  46. ^ united with Cîteaux in 1619
  47. ^ Puy-Guillaume website: Montpeyroux Abbey
  48. ^ Mortemer Abbey website
  49. ^ Website of Our Lady of the Snows
  50. ^ Noirlac Abbey website
  51. ^ Oelenberg Abbey website
  52. ^ Website of les Serviteurs de Jésus et Marie: Ourscamp Abbey
  53. ^ Transferred from Beauvais to Paris in 1671
  54. ^ founded 1987; Bernardines' website: Le Touvet
  55. ^ Pontigny Abbey website
  56. ^ Website of the Musée national de Port-Royal-des-Champs
  57. ^ Port-du-Salut Abbey website
  58. ^ founded as a hermitage in 1104; became Cistercian in 1128
  59. ^ Reigny Abbey website
  60. ^ Le Relec Abbey website
  61. ^ Boulaur Abbey website: Rieunette Priory
  62. ^ Le Rivet Abbey website
  63. ^ Fondation Royaumont website
  64. ^ transferred to Barbeau Abbey: see also the Château de Sainte-Assise built on the site
  65. ^ Sénanque Abbey website
  66. ^ Sept-Fons Abbey website
  67. ^ Sylvanès Abbey website
  68. ^ Tamié Abbey website
  69. ^ very close to Cîteaux; first Cistercian nunnery, and motherhouse of the Cistercian nuns; transferred to Dijon in 1626
  70. ^ Diocese of Vannes website: Timadeuc Abbey
  71. ^ Jürgen Klötgen, "L'Abbaye de Tyronneau - Notice historique pour servir à la mémoire des cisterciens dans le Maine", in Revue Historique et Archéologique du Maine, Le Mans, 1990
  72. ^ Ubexy Abbey website
  73. ^ Le Val-des-Choues Abbey website
  74. ^ Valloires Abbey
  75. ^ Valmagne Abbey website
  76. ^ Vauluisant Abbey website
  77. ^ Domaine des Vaulx-de-Cernay website
  78. ^ Vignogoul Abbey website
  79. ^ Villeneuve Abbey website (now a hotel and restaurant)
  80. ^ Website of the Friends of Villers-Bettnach Abbey

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