Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationDepartment of Côte d'Or, Burgundy Region
CoordinatesN47 38 21.984 E4 23 20.796
Inscription Date1981
Minor Modifications2007
Property (ha)5.77
Buffer Zone (ha)1,397
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number165
DescriptionThis stark Burgundian monastery was founded by St Bernard in 1119. With its church, cloister, refectory, sleeping quarters, bakery and ironworks, it is an excellent illustration of the ideal of self-sufficiency as practised by the earliest communities of Cistercian monks.
StatusWorld Heritage Site