Thursday, 31 January 2013

Abbaye (abbey)

An abbey is a monastère (monastery) for monks or nuns of a contemplative monastic order (e.g. the bénédictins, the Order of Saint-Benedict).
Within the walls of an abbey one would find the abbatiale (abbey church), sleeping and eating facilities, library, a vegetable garden, etc.
The plan (Wikipedia) is that of the Benedictine abbey in Cluny according to Viollet-le-Duc.
Although this abbey has been demolished it has had a major influence on roman (Romanesque) architecture.

Cluny - Wikipedia

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