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L'Abbaye St-Pierre, Moissac
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See Romanesque art and sculpture from the prolific 11th and 12th centuries at L'Abbaye St-Pierre. The railroad has divided the southern and northern parts of the abbey since the 19th century, but you can still tour the cloister and its chapels, the church, and the abbot's living quarters. As you explore the church, admire the "trumeau," which supports the tympanum. This outstanding example of Romanesque sculpture features a statue of the Prophet Jeremiah. The church still holds mass, as it is an active worship site and part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela. Download the 27-minute audio guide from the website or rent one at the welcome desk. Our Moissac trip generator makes visiting L'Abbaye St-Pierre and other Moissac attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Abbazia bellissima essenzialmente per due motivi; il chiostro (a pagamento) per il quale vale la pena soffermarsi su ogni singolo capitello, (ben illustrati dal volantino); il portale sud con i suoi s... read more »Beautiful Abbey essentially for two reasons; the cloister (surcharge) for which it is worth dwelling on each capital (well illustrated by the flyer); the southern portal with its beautiful reliefs. Welcoming also the village.show original
We visited a lot of churches and abbeys during a two week visit to France, and this was at the top of the list. The abbey church and the cloister are not to be missed. I'm not an historian and you can... read more »
Pour un prix d'entrée modique, visite de l'abbaye et de la basilique. Surprise, on entend les trains! A l'époque de la construction de l'abbaye, il a été décidé de couper l'abbaye en 2, voire de la dé... read more »For a low entry price, visit the Abbey and the Basilica. Surprised, we hear trains! At the time of the construction of the Abbey, it was decided to cut the Abbey in 2, or to demolish it. Then, we had the chance to preserve this treasure.show original
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The cloister of Moissac Abbey Church in southwest France is one of the finest galleries of Romanesque art in the world and the oldest and largest cloister with narrative capitals. Completed in 1100 AD, it contains 76 capitals plus 12 large pillar reliefs in a large cloister measuring 31 meters by 27 meters. Moissac's capitals are beautifully carved and in surprisingly good condition for their venerable age, except that virtually all the faces have sadly been smashed. Dramatically shaped like upside-down pyramids, the distinctive capitals of Moissac are carved over their entire surface, including the abacus (flat part at the top). Many of them have Latin inscriptions explaining the scene. Subjects of the sculptures include delicate foliage, animal and human figures, biblical scenes and legends of the saints, all combined in an apparently random order that forms no narrative. Of the 76 total capitals, 46 depict narrative scenes from the Bible or the lives of the saints and 11 of those illustrate the Old Testament. Interestingly, none of the sculptures depict scenes from the Passion. Below is a fully illustrated guide to the subjects of each capital and pillar in the Moissac cloister, using the modern numbering system found in the official visitor's guide and, e.g., the Blue Guide to Southwest France. The numbers correspond to the plan of the cloister at right, which is from the visitor's guide. Capital Roman numerals refer to pillar reliefs.
Candido fernandezTympanum of San Pedro Moissac, h. 1100, artistic style France: art Romanesque period to which he belongs: 12th century the tympanum represents the Apocalypse of St. John, i.e. the coming of Christ to Earth to judge the living and the dead. A gigantic Christ (Pantokrator), surrounded by the Tetramorph (Eagle, John; leon, Marcos; Bull, Lucas; and angel, Matthew) and flanked by two archangels carrying rolls presides the tympanum of prayers. The set is completed with the 24 elders of the Apocalypse in parallel rows, which fill the space remaining to adapting to the circular shape of the tympanum; at the base they form a continuous frieze. The rows of old people, who carry musical instruments or glasses of the Offertory, are separated by the waves of the sea of glass mentioned in the Apocalypse and present also in the jambs. The lintel rosettes have sculpted wheels of Hellfire. The figures are adapted to the limitations of the architectural framework: members stretch or deform as appropriate, lengthen and Stylize, as archangels, to its practical dehumanization. Distributes the space according to criteria of symmetry (symbolic expression of the divine order) and hierarchy (location box according to its importance). The composition unit of the scene, however, is built from the looks of all the characters, which converge in the figure of Christ. Apart from the clear subordination of the Tetramorph and the archangels, the faces of the elderly, without exception, regarded the central figure, but to see their bodies need to squirm in forced and violent foreshortenings. The sculptural execution surprised by the thoroughness of detail. The character of Christ, of greater proportions than the rest of the figures, is voluntarily carved rough, flat and front to enhance your solemn hieratic, in stark contrast with the gestural wealth which exhibit the elderly, sculpted in the round and smaller.show original
Enmarca tus sueñosThe Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Moissac is a religious architectural complex which highlights the extraordinary Romanesque sculptures, located in the French commune of Moissac, in the Camino de Santiago. It is part of the property registered in the ways of Santiago in France, declared world heritage by the Unesco in 1998. Founded in the 7th century, it was sacked by the Muslims after being defeated in the battle of Poitiers, and burnt in the year 1042. The Abbey, linked to the powerful Abbey of Cluny in 1047 becomes, since the 12th century, the most eminent monastic Centre of the South-West of France. It should be noted the cloister as an example of the Romanesque and Gothic styles, but according to experts is the tympanum of the South cover which is the true masterpiece of this Abbey. Both the Abbey and the town itself, are must-visit if you're in the region "Midday Pyrenees". It is a village of tale, with stone houses full of flowers, very clean and well maintained. There are gourmet shops and restaurants where to taste typical French cuisine.show original
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