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Montmajour Abbey

An abbey classified as a UNESCO World Heritage

Abbaye de MontmajourListed as World Heritage by UNESCO, Abbey Montmajour is a building located 5 km from Arles. The abbey conbine styles novel, Gothic and classical. Abbey Montmajour, originally intended for the Benedictine monks, is actually composed of two monastic ensembles.

The first, the monastery of Saint-Pierre, was built in the 10th to the 15th century. Many of its buildings remain. The chapel Saint-Pierre, 10th and 11th centuries was partly housed in the rock south. Its capitals relate to the style of the first age novel. The burial cave was built on the hilltop and Around the funerary chapel Swietokrzyskie, the 12th century. The crypt is a low church. His plan, unique in Provence, in particular includes a rotunda, an ambulatory and radiating chapels

Tour Pons de l'OrmeThis supports the church crypt high or abbey. Heart of monastic life, the abbey church dedicated to "Notre Dame"is typical of buildings novels from the mid-12th century.

The cloister restored in 1872, serves the convent buildings: chapter house, refectory, store, library, kitchens ... Its capitals bear remarkable depictions of fantastic animals, but also of human figures and plants. The tower Pons de l'Orme overlooks the first set: reached its peak, one can discover a panorama that embraces Arles, Tarascon, Crau and the Alpilles.

The second set consists of the monastery Saint-Maur, built between 1703 and 1736 on plans by architect Pierre Mignard Avignon. It became the place of life of the reformed Benedictine community of Saint-Maur, based in Montmajour in 1639.

Pictures Montmajour Abbey

Monastère Saint MaurCloître de l'abbayeCour intérieure

Around Montmajour Abbey

Arles - Tarascon - Beaucaire - Avignon - Camargue - Aix en Provence - Nîmes - Orange - Salon de Provence - Saint Rémy de Provence - Aigues Mortes - Fontvieille - Maussane les Alpilles - Baux de Provence - Alpilles - Abbaye de Frigolet - Abbaye de Sénanque - Abbaye du Thoronet

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