The Cathedral-Abbey of the Assumption in Pontigny (French: Cathédrale-abbatiale de Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption à Pontigny), commonly known as Pontigny Abbey, was a Cistercian monastery located in Pontigny on the River Serein, in the present diocese of Sens and department of Yonne, Burgundy, France. Founded in 1114, it was the second of the four great daughter houses of Cîteaux Abbey.HistoryHildebert, a canon of Auxerre, petitioned Abbot Stephen Harding of Cîteaux to found a monastery in a place he had selected for this purpose. Accordingly in 1114 Saint Stephen sent twelve monks under the guidance of Hugh of Mâcon, the first abbot and a friend and kinsman of Bernard of Clairvaux, to establish the new foundation. Under Abbot Hugh and his successor, Guichard, the new monastery developed such a reputation for sanctity that it attracted sufficient numbers to be able to establish another twenty-two Cistercian monasteries.Many members of the community of Pontigny went on to occupy high positions in the church and many distinguished personages sought refuge there. Amongst the former were, for example, Blessed Hugh of Mâcon, Bishop of Auxerre ; Girard Mainard, Cardinal Bishop of Praeneste ; and Robert, Cardinal Titular of St. Pudentiana . The latter included three Archbishops of Canterbury: Saint Thomas Becket, Stephen Langton and Saint Edmund of Abingdon, who was buried there.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Abbaye de Pontigny by using our Pontigny trip builder tool.
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Very nice old abbey in the heart of burgundy. No monks anymore but still celebrations on sundays. Lovely to see the abbey arriving by car from saint Florentin. more »
On our way to Belgium we had a stop-over in the small French village of Pontigny, and we took the time to visit the “Abbey of Pontigny”. The Abbey Pontigny is what you can call an old monastery of... more »
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