Notre Dame des Dombes, the abbey at the very heart of its region



in the abbey’s tranquil gardens


From the moment you step foot in Notre Dame des Dombes Abbey, you will feel a sensation of calm and contemplation wash over you. Situated in Plantay, close Lyon, the abbey is ideal for a short stop or a retreat. Worship and toil are at the centre of its history, waiting to be discovered…

Work is the very essence of the abbey

Founded back in the 19th century when the Dombes was still a marshland, the abbey has contributed to transforming the landscape and clearing up the region of Ain through the work of its monks. Cistercian monks from the Aiguebelle community in the Drôme region settled here during this time and cleared, drained and developed the land that was then granted to them.

This agricultural work continues today, while the Chemin Neuf Community has now moved into the holy grounds. Man’s work continues to support the local economy as milk, cheese, beef, honey and apples are all still produced here. And of course, visitors to the abbey don’t fail to take advantage of this fresh local produce!

Visits, encounters and spirituality

Notre Dame des Dombes Abbey is open for visits all year round and also plays host to a variety of religious activities, making it an important meeting place. Inside the church, a wall of contemporary religious icons displays the craft of the local workshop which produced them, and which also gives classes in this type of art as well as in mosaics. Philosophy, theology and history classes and conferences also take place here.

In short, it’s a place full of wisdom where you can take a moment to unwind and gain some perspective on the world around you.

Sample the abbey’s gourmet selection

Practical information

Opening hours

Every day throughout the year
Opening hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 12 pm and between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.


Free of charge.
Group rate available for > 10 people.


  • Picnic area
  • Car park

Languages spoken

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Have you tried Musculine?

This Dombes speciality made from fruit, honey and (strangely enough) beef is the abbey’s most emblematic product. It is the predecessor of modern-day energy bars, since its recipe dates back to 1867!

Come apple-picking in the abbey!

The abbey’s orchard has over 1,000 apple trees and 20 different varieties of apple – in autumn you can even come and pick some straight from the tree!

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Mis à jour le 17 avril 2024 à 08:08
par Dombes Tourisme

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