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A part of the convent of the abbey of Tournus ( Saône-et-Loire) photographed at night.

It was in the 9th century, with the arrival of the monks of Noirmoutier, fleeing the Vikings with the relics of their patron Saint Philibert, that the town became an important religious centre. Today, many visitors come to admire the abbey constructed by these monks between the 11th and 13th centuries.
The Abbey Church, masterpiece of Romanesque Art, surprises the visitor at first by the majestic austerity of its facade which looks like a fortress, decorated only by Lombard bands and arcatures. After the half-light of the fore-nave (1st quarter of the 11th century ), which still has several wall-paintings, you enter the nave, bathed in light, whose pink columns draw the eye irresistably upwards. This pink stone comes from Préty, a village close to Tournus on the left bank of the Saône


Une partie du cloître de l'abbaye de Tournus (Saône et Loire) photographié la nuit.

Chef d'œuvre de l'art roman des 11ème et 12ème siècles, la haute silhouette de l'abbaye Saint-Philibert, entourée de remparts, surplombe la ville ancienne de Tournus.

L'église abbatiale, le cloître, la salle capitulaire, le réfectoire et le cellier constituent le seul ensemble monastique du 12ème siècle conservé en Europe.

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