Saturday, 5 June 2010

Cloister, St-Guilhem-le-Désert

Cloister of the Abbaye de Gellone
The cloister of the Abbaye de Gellone in St-Guilhem-le-Désert can be a peaceful place to escape the crowds in this beautiful village in the Gorges d'Hérault. The village and abbey were founded by Guillaume le Grand, Prince d'Orange in 804 AD. The cloister was built in the XIc and had superb carvings until they were sold to the Cloisters Museum in Manhattan!
Behind the buildings, on the skyline can be seen some of the remains of the XI-XIIc Château de Verdus, which always reminds me of Amon Sûl (Weathertop) in Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings".
(Canon EOS450D, Sigma 17-70mm lens @ 17.0mm, 1/320s @ f/8.0)

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