Montmajour Abbey is a fortified Benedictine monastery built between the 10th and 13th century on what was then an island five kilometers north of Arles, in the Bouches-du-Rhône département, Provence, in the south of France.
The Abbey is noted for its 11th-14th century graves, carved in the rock, its subterranean crypt, and its massive unfinished church.
It was an important pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages, and in the 18th century it was the site of a large Maurist Monastery, now in ruin.
During the Middle Ages, several legends arose about Montmajour and its founding. One legend said that the island had been the sanctuary of St. Trophimus, who had been sent from Rome by St. Peter to convert the Gauls. After coming to Arles in 46 AD, he took shelter in one of the caves on the island and received disciples there. A rock cell under the church is called "The Confessional of St. Trophimus."
Another legend said that the graves were those of soldiers of Charlamagne, who had fought against the Saracens. A third legend said that the first church was founded by King Childebert I, the son of Clovis, when he saw fervor of a group of anchorite hermits on the island.
L'abbaye Saint-Pierre de Montmajour était une abbaye bénédictine fondée en 948 à environ quatre kilomètres au nord-est d'Arles dans le département des Bouches-du-Rhône (France).
Dès la fin du Xe siècle elle devint l'une des abbayes les plus riches de Provence et le monastère se développa, entre le XIe et le début du XVIIIe siècle, par la construction d'une série de bâtiments religieux et militaires.
Abandonné à la fin du XVIIIe siècle puis fortement dégradé après la Révolution, cet ensemble architectural est désormais classé aux monuments historiques.
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lousat (64295) 2012-04-22 1:54
La journee',le moment,la lumiere et le ciel parfaits pour capturer au top cette magnifique abbaye!Quelle composition brillante et avec des details impressionants,vraiment super et tres interessante.Mes compliments et belle Dimanche,Luciano
timecapturer (37200) 2012-04-22 2:58
a beautifully sharp and detailed shot of this marvelous looking abbey. Looks so romantic against the April sky. Excellent image and presentation.
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
Cricri (92267) 2012-04-22 3:28
Belle lumière sur l'ancienne abbaye, une architecture intéressante , bien cadrer avec l'arbre et les deux personnes, pour donner une évaluation de la hauteur, un ciel superbe ou filtre une très belle lumière
dta (56784) 2012-04-22 5:01
Hello Benny ,
It seems that the light was harsh , but the POV and the composition are excellent , and the sky really splendid .
Nard (6915) 2012-04-22 5:10
Spectacular view of this castle standing out the cloudy sky. A beautiful light giving to the stone nice colors and texture and a interresting relief to the tower, which seems new regarding the rest of the castle.
bukitgolfb301 (32680) 2012-04-22 17:02
Hello my dear Benny
Your up speed is so quick. Try to catch up with you!
Another very fresh and also comfortable shot with sharp and clear focisuing as usual. Great sharp color contarst you presented. Thanks for your sharing with your best job and have a good start of new week, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
kato (9572) 2012-04-26 6:28
You're capturing well this medieval monastery by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the monastery with elegant shape and courtyard. The light is managed well, and the blue sky with thick cloud draws out an additional good atmosphere.
Have a nice day.