Located in a small valley in the Bessède Forest between Sarlat and Bergerac, Cadouin is a Cistercian Abbey on the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela. It is a listed Historic Monument, a Major Site of Aquitaine and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Read more
Immerse yourself in the heart of the Cloister of Cadouin! A true masterpiece of Gothic art, nearly ten centuries of history are contained within these walls and make Cadouin a universal place, unchanging and serene.Read more
Founded in 1115, only the Abbey church and Romanesque monastic foundations survive to this day. Take the time during your visit to see the sun, in an interplay of light and shadow, draw arabesques on the gallery floors.Read more
Discover the Cistercian Abbey of Cadouin, a veritable masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic art and a listed Major Site of Aquitaine.
One afternoon in February, I opened the door to see the cloisters bathed in sunlight… it was extraordinarily beautiful. Gradually, I discovered the decorated stones. Everything is expressed in this small, luminous space: the seasons, our joys and sorrows, happiness and suffering… I walk, look around me, turn back, sit down, explain, recount, and always leave with a touch of regret, even in the knowledge that I will find it again in all its beauty tomorrow.
What beautiful architecture! The carvings of the keystones, doors, and capitals bear witness to the work of the stonemasons of old. Come and admire the fresco of the Annunciation, and enjoy the cloister during the summer nights. The serenity of the place permeates us from the very first step.
When entering the cloister, you may first think of simply circling the four wings and then leaving. You’ll gradually discover the sculptures that adorn the walls, where every detail counts, and let yourself be carried away by the magic of the place. Looking up, you’ll be fascinated by the open stonework against the blue of the sky. The cloister is where this world and the next connect. It is a moment to savour.
A very interesting visit. The cloisters were rebuilt in the 15th century and are a Gothic masterpiece. A pretty, very well-maintained garden.
We once again visited these magnificent cloisters with great pleasure. They are beautifully presented; the place is very well preserved, and the
These cloisters are enchanting. We arrived at opening time and consequently could fully appreciate the serenity of the place. Obviously, it is extremely interesting from a historical and architectural point of view. Everything is very clearly explained.