Fontenay Abbey: Interior of chapter house



Vaulted in three aisles of three bays; the easternmost bay has been demolished. Here, rib vaults were used for the first time at the site, rising from clustered piers with octagonal capitals

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. The second daughter-house of Clairvaux, it was established by St. Bernard himself in 1118. In 1130 growing numbers necessitated a move to the present site. The abbey was bought by Édouard Aynard in 1905 and restored. Apart from the demolished (1745) refectory, it retains almost all of its original buildings: church, dormitory, cloister, chapter house, caldarium or “heating room”, dovecote and forge, all built in Romanesque style, with later abbot’s lodgings and infirmary. Today the abbey buildings are set in modern manicured parterres of lawn and gravel. It is one of the oldest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in Europe, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Monasteries

  • Abbeys

  • Architecture

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Romanesque

Place of Creation
  • Montbard, Burgundy, France: 60 kilometres northwest of Dijon

  • +47.640833+4.389722

  • Montbard

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Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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