Founded in 1144 on marshland on the banks of the Durance, "silva cana" (reed forest) is the most recent of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence.
Take time out to gaze at its painstaking and functional architecture where nothing should distract brothers from prayer. After two years of glory, the abbey went into a period of decline and the monks left in 1440. The site underwent extensive renovation work in the 1990s and 2010s to restore it to its former glory. The abbey church, dormitory, cloister, chapter house, refectory and fire room are now open to visitors.
The abbey also has a diverse cultural schedule packed with exhibitions, concerts, plays and circus shows.
Temporary changes in reception conditions due to the health crisis
From May 28, the Abbey is open every day in open visits : from 10h to 12h30 and from 14h to 17h45
Last entry: 45 minutes before the closure of the site
In order to welcome you safely, we thank you to respect the gestures barriers and the necessary sanitary measures:
-wearing of recommended mask
-alcoholic hydro-gel at your disposal at the reception-boutique
-maximum of 3 visitors in the reception-boutique (waiting spaces for waiting foreseen near the reception-boutique)
-new direction of circulation in the reception-shop
The guided tours : recommended reservations (maximum 9 visitors in addition to the guide).
June 1st-September 30th daily 10am-6pm
October 1st-March 31st daily exc. Monday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
April 1st-May 31st daily exc. Monday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5.30pm
Fun-filled family visits with exciting treasure hunts
Guided tours every Sunday from September to June 11am-2.30pm and daily in July and August 10.30am-3.30pm
Tickets: 7.50 €
Under 12s: free
Concessions: 6 € (12-18 year olds, students, large families, disabled visitors, journalist)
Stop ticketing ¾ hour before monument closure
Audioguide in French/English: +2€, 75 minute tour
Treasure hunt available for 6-8 year olds and 10-12 year olds
Cistercian itinerary: discover the three abbeys: Silvacane - Sénanque - Le Thoronet; and enjoy a preferential rate.
Discounts with the "Pass Abbaye", "CityPass", "Pass My Provence", "Visites Passion" and "Provence Escapade" cards
PASS SEJOURS ETE 2020
Spending 3 or more nights in an accommodation in the Bouches du Rhone?
Benefit from a PASS Stay of 50 €, offered by Myprovence (subject to available stocks), to spend in partner sites: among others the Silvacane Abbey
More information about this device on the site > My Provence