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Cistercian architecture, Sylvanes

Cistercian architecture, Sylvanes
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-15
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dourdou of Camares valley in Aveyron [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-12 2:59
Viewed: 3127
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
September 15th, 2010
Sylvanès 120274 12360
Aveyron Midi-Pyrénées
43.835 2.959 460 m

Cistercian architecture, Sylvanès

One view.
Other view.

The abbey church of 12th century, very large, and equipped with a CISTERCIAN flat bedside, is surprising by its dimensions. One can still see there, part of the cloister, the sacristy and the chapter house, arched 15th century. The Cistercian abbeys are characterized by an architecture and an ornamentation without ornaments.

Founded in 1136 per Pons de Léras, small lord of Larzac, repented outlaw, and built from 1151, during one century. Modified in 1477, transformed into sheep-fold and quarry stone to the French revolution, it was classified historic building, and was restored from 1975.

The ORDER of CISTERCIANS, is a Christian monastic reformed ORDER of the BENEDICTINES, whose origin goes back to the foundation of the Cîteaux abbey by Robert de Molesme, 1028-1111, in 1098.

The ORDER OF the BENEDICTINES, was founded into 529 per saint-Benoît de Nursie, (480/490-547), son of a noble Roman. RULE of SAINT BENEDICT describes the methods of clothing and daily life of the monks, and also the principal activities made of the liturgical office or joint prayer, the reading of the bible, and work intended to create autarky and to thus limit the external contacts. A life of obedience, humility, in search of God.

The CISTERCIAN RULE is the Rule of Saint Benedict applied with rigor. The Community life of the brothers is demanding in obedience with the Abbot of the monastery, in integral poverty, manual work, insulation, silence.

The Sylvanès abbey is the 3rd tourist site of Aveyron, after the "Caves de Roquefort", cellars of Roquefort and La Couvertoirade. It is today an arts center and the seat of an international center of sacred art, supported by acoustics of the church, particularly adapted to the song.

SYLVANÈS is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midi-Pyrenees area, populated of 103 Sylvanésiens in 2007, distributed out of 17 km², that is to say 6 hab./km².

_ It exists on the territory of the commune a church Russian orthodox, the church of Étimasis built in 1993-1994 in the forest of Khirov with 700 km east of Moscow, then dismounted and conveyed with Sylvanès.

The commune is crossed by the DOURDOU river, known as "Dourdou de Camarès", and is a Commune of the ROUGIER of Camarès., in the Parc naturel régional des Grands Causses.

_ The DOURDOU, known as "Dourdou de Camarès", takes its source at 1050 meters of altitude, in the mounts of Carroux and Espinouze, in Castanet-le-Haut, in the department of Hérault, it passes in Aveyron, before throwing in the TARN, on its left bank, in Broquiès in the department of the Tarn, after a course of 87 km² and the crossing of a catchment area of 658 km². Its flow can pass from a minimal flow of 1.5 m³/s to a maximum flow of 650 m³/s.Description.

My images of Sylvanès.
My images of Dourdou of Camarès valley.

Copyright © All rights reserved. The use or the reproduction, on any media, for profit or not profit, of my photographs, including my photographs published in workshop, the notes or the texts, is prohibited without my written authorization. Joel Berthonneau.

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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 74 N: 2487] (11785)
  • [2010-10-12 3:03]

Ah the Cistercians Joel!
They've left some remarkable buildings - all very fascinating. The couple I've visited have been amazing.
A good photo of this one, well composed and your usual good colour.

This is a nicely composed shot with the trees adding framing the scene. The angle of the shot works well giving the shot a sense of direction. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.

Bonjour Joël,
I like the point of view with the framing tree on the right creating a good sense of depth and the angle of the two walls a sense of dynamism. A lovely contrast is to be had between the creeper covered walls of the dependencies and the grey stones of the massive abbey. Good colours and clarity.

Bonjour Joël,

Ils avaient déjà construit une Europe bien avant nous ces Cisterciens, on retrouve en effet à travers l'Rurope cette même riguer architecturale dans les édifices qu'ils nous ont laissés.

Angle de vue une fois encore bine choisi avec ce pré qui donne de la profondeur et guide le regard vers les bâtiments de l'abbaye. Le jeu d'ombre à l'avant-plan contrivue lui aussi à donner du relief à l'iamge.
Bonne après-midi,

Salut Joel

Très long avant plan qui permet d'apprécier l'ensemble du bâtiment dans son environnement. Le liere qui grimpe sur les murs et les pierres qui se chauffent au soleil.



Bonjour Joël,

La composition est bien divisée, le ciel, l'immeuble et la pelouse. La prise d evue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture de l'abbaye cistercienne. La bonne luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2010-10-12 14:31]

Bonsoir Joël,
L'extérieur de l'église est d'une grande austérité, mais rompt cette ligne avec celle belle fenêtre voûtée.
J'aime la perspective avec la maison envahie par le lierre et les petits et magnifiques arches.
Excellente lumière et définition. Excellent aussi les deux autres photos.

Pozdrav, ponoc je prosla, grad spava i ceka pocetak novog dana.
Odlican tekst ...
Lep pogled preko senki i trave na staru crkvu i mesto, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje i fotografije, moje cestitke na dobrom radu i lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Sve najbolje.


Bonjour, minuit passé, la ville dort et attend l'apparition d'un nouveau jour.
Excellent texte ...
Belle vue sur l'ombre et l'herbe à l'ancienne église et la place, bonne composition.
Bon piqué et de contraste, photos belle couleur, mes félicitations pour l'excellent travail et de belles photos à l'atelier.
Tous les meilleurs.

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  • edge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 757 W: 34 N: 2205] (7409)
  • [2010-10-12 20:34]

Bonsoir Joel, This looks like a combination of aging but well maintained structures with the intention to have them there forever. The vines and the vegetation give a nice facade for the buildings in the center here. Great notes as always and excellent composition. Regards, Roger

Architecture très cistercienne (donc austère) pour cette petite abbaye. Le premier plan (en particulier l'ombre) est peut-être un peu trop envahissant mais la qualité de l'image est très bonne. J'aime bien "l'autre vue"

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24402 W: 523 N: 40817] (175634)
  • [2010-10-13 0:41]

Hello Joël,

This is the first time that I see these wonderful place in France.
Lovely old architecture picture.
You placed the buildings nice in background this gives a nice depth view.
Also nice captured, good presentation too. TFS.

Best regards,

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