The cloister is the heart of the monastery. While many cloisters were destroyed, at Fontenay it has remained intact since the XII century.
This marvel of Romanesque art was designed both as a place of communication between all the rooms of the monastery and as a place of meditation. The galleries form a rectangle of 118ft by 125ft giving an impression of homogeneity, despite a variety of pillars, columns and capitals, all of which reflect the simplicity of Cistercian architecture.
At any time of the day and throughout the year, the cloister is bathed in light. It is a unique place that inspires drawers and photographers, and still invites the visitor to meditation.