IMG_0124 Gate of the abbey of Fontenay, 15th century. The abbey of Fontenay was founded by Saint Bernard in 1118. Fontenay used to be a Cistercian abbey, i.e., it...
Gate of the abbey of Fontenay, 15th century. The abbey of Fontenay was founded by Saint Bernard in 1118. Fontenay used to be a Cistercian abbey, i.e., it…
IMG_0077 After a prosperity era between the 12th and the 15th century, during which the abbey population peaked at 200, the abbey declined and eventually became a paper...
After a prosperity era between the 12th and the 15th century, during which the abbey population peaked at 200, the abbey declined and eventually became a paper…
IMG_0105 Keeper's lodge in the main gate; the keeper's dog could pass its head through the hole in the wall.
Keeper's lodge in the main gate; the keeper's dog could pass its head through the hole in the wall.
IMG_0123 13th century building: chapel of the outsiders (who were not allowed in the abbey) and bakery.
13th century building: chapel of the outsiders (who were not allowed in the abbey) and bakery.
IMG_9965 Dovecote, 13th century. The walls are 1m thick.
Dovecote, 13th century. The walls are 1m thick.
IMG_0083-IMG_0089_small Abbey buildings.
Abbey buildings.
IMG_0093-IMG_0103_small Abbey buildings.
Abbey buildings.
IMG_9964 Abbey buildings: 19th and 16th century buildings.
Abbey buildings: 19th and 16th century buildings.
IMG_9973_stitch_small Abbey buildings.
Abbey buildings.
IMG_9963 Left: monk rooms, 18th century; right: 19th century building.
Left: monk rooms, 18th century; right: 19th century building.
IMG_9971 Abbey church, 1139-1147. 66m long, 17m high.
Abbey church, 1139-1147. 66m long, 17m high.
IMG_9972 The transept of the church used to lead to the cemetery.
The transept of the church used to lead to the cemetery.
IMG_0003 Abbey church.
Abbey church.
IMG_9975 Abbey church: side aisle.
Abbey church: side aisle.
P1010708 Our Lady of Fontenay, late 13th century.
Our Lady of Fontenay, late 13th century.
IMG_9979 Our Lady of Fontenay, late 13th century.
Our Lady of Fontenay, late 13th century.
IMG_9980 Following Saint Bernard's will, decoration in the church is very sparse so as to avoid loss of focus while praying.
Following Saint Bernard's will, decoration in the church is very sparse so as to avoid loss of focus while praying.
P1010710 Tomb slab.
Tomb slab.
IMG_9982 Tomb slab.
Tomb slab.
IMG_9983 Tomb slab.
Tomb slab.

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