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In the Gordes’outback, south of France near Avignon, one can find one of the most famous cistercian abbeys with roman architecture : the Senanque abbey.

Built after the Saint-Benoit rules, the abbey is located in the very bottom of a deep valley revealed by the sun at the end of the morning only, along a small river called “Senancole”.

Among the rich symbols which guided the architecture of this abbey like all christian buildings, one is pretty obvious on this very panoramic. From the left to the right, you can see than the cloister path of the abbey is slightly going up. Like in common church, this was meant to embody the needs to elevate oneself when going toward the altar of the abbey-church, the highest holy spot.

I just love the light on these stones, the pure and simple shapes of these kind of roman architecture.

Panoramic made from 3 pictures taken around 7:30 in the morning. Exposure frozen and tripod used. Applied a light USM, then adjusted curves, especially the midtones to display as much stone details as possible.

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