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Cloître de Cadouin
Cloître de Cadouin
Cloître de Cadouin
Cloister of Cadouin
A masterpiece of flamboyant gothic art listed as World Heritage by Unesco
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Cloister of Cadouin

A masterpiece of flamboyant gothic art listed as World Heritage by Unesco
The Abbey of Cadouin is hidden in a small and steep-sided valley of the Bessède forest, between the Dordogne river and the Couze (a Dordogne’s tributary). From its foundation, in 1115, in remains the abbey church, the sacristy and the Romanesque base of the monastic buildings. In 1119, the young Abbey of Cadouin becomes Cistercian, in the Abbey of Pontigny’s community, which is itself one of the four Citeaux’s daughters. It has been eleventh abbey attached to the order and had to follow its rule. The Flamboyant Gothic-style cloister dates from the end of the XV century. The Cadouin’s monastic life ended in 1790 during the French Revolution. People who stop in Cadouin will take time to admire the sun drawing light arabesques on the floor through the architectural stencils. With its nearly 10 centuries of history, Cadouin is an universal place, serene and immutable, where many movies and TV films were shot.

Dates and opening hours

From 10h to 12h30 and from 14h to 17h30 (Closed on Mondays except school holidays and holidays)
From 10h to 13h and from 14h to 18h
From 10h to 19h
From 10h to 13h and from 14h to 18h
From 10h to 12h30 and from 14h to 17h (Closed on Mondays, except during school holidays)


  • Cloître de Cadouin
    from 09/07/2018 to 20/08/2018
    from 21h00 to 22h30

    1.30h of nocturnal visits are proposed every week, in July and August at 9.00pm. Visits are based on a theme, which change every week.

  • Cloître de Cadouin
    from 11/07/2018 to 22/08/2018
    from 10h30 to 11h15
    Every wednesday

    For children from 5 to 12 years old.

    Every Wednesday, at 10.30am in July and August.

    Visit’s length: 45 minutes

  • Cloître de Cadouin
    from 13/07/2018 to 24/08/2018
    at 21h00
    Every friday

    From the 13th of July to the 24th of August, the Cloître de Cadouin will be on English time by offering some nocturnal visits in English.


  • Disabled access
  • Picnic area
  • Giftshop
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Animals not permitted
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Holiday cheques accepted
  • Photos allowed
  • Toilets
  • Restaurant snack
  • Monument historique
  • World Heritage
  • Guide Vert
  • Guide Michelin
  • Guide du Routard
  • Guide Petit Fûté
* This route is provided for information. You may have to follow a different route because of works, traffic jam, weather conditions, diversions or other disturbances.

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