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Cistercian abbey, Sylvanès

Cistercian abbey, Sylvanès
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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: 2009-02-15
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: 2009-02-20 1:03
Viewed: 3412
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
February 15, 2009
Sylvanès 120274 12360
Aveyron Midi-Pyrénées
43.835 2.959 460 m

Cistercian abbey, Sylvanès

One sight.
Other sight.

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 de 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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Bonjour Joël
Une bonne prise en contre-plongée de cette abbaye qui la met en valeur sous un ciel lumineux.
Merci pour cette belle image et bonne journée.

Hi Joel,
The first thing, which I felt from your photo: calmness and harmony streaming from the picture. Superb photo of this abbey, likes the horizontal composition and the beautiful architectural details. The lights and the optic angle are splendid likewise. Excellent premiére, thak you for sharing. Have a nice day!

Bonjour joel,
Very nice architecture with great capture and good compositions.I like the POV here.
Well done!
Have a nice day.

Hello Joël,
I like the point of view looking across the grassy area, which makes a nice frame for the old buildings. Also, the tree on the right. A very pleasing ensemble of buildings over which the eyes can move naturally from left to right. Good natural colours and excellent sharpness.

This is a nice shot of this abbey. The angle of the shot works well giving the scene a nice sense of depth. The lighting and colors are fine with excellent sharpness and detail. The field acts as a nice lead in for the shot.

Belle image baignée de lumière douce.
Merci pour le partage.

Salut Joel,
Une image bien équilibrée, en plusieurs plans.
J'aime bien cette architecture.
Bonne journée,

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9345] (52961)
  • [2009-02-20 5:49]

Hi Joel,,
fine solid and simple abbey in an excellent setting.
Regards, Gerrit

Bonjour Joël,

Le large avant-plan nous conduit peu à peu vers cette belle abbaye particulièrement bien positionnée dans l'image. Une composition à la richesse et à l'équilibre parfaits avec notamment l'arbre sur la droite, les ombres qui rythment le pré vert, la colline derrière l'abbaye... Très beau.
Excellent WE,

Hi Joel,
Very good pov and nice layout. Perfect soft light which shows every single detail.
Good and usefull notes as well. A perfect TE entry.
TFS and best regards

Bonjour joel,
Thank you for sharing the beautiful Abbey from Sylvanes! also much appreciated for the informative notes regarding the commune!
good pov with natural colour and good details
many thanks for the sharing

Bonjour Joël,

La ligne diagonale que la haie fait, est un atout à la composition. Les arbres et la haie cadrent bien l'abbaye. La prise de vue permet de distinguer avec précision les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture de l'abbaye. La luminosité rehausse les couleurs du paysage. Bon weekend.


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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2009-02-22 11:52]

J'aimerais repeter les complimetns que je t'aves donne dans beaucoup de mes reactions a tes realisations, Joel. Il y a dedans plusieurs dimensions de qualite et d'interret. Compliments et amities,


Bonjour Joel
une très belle présentation de cette abbaye cistercienne avec un beau ciel, sur tes ws on peut remarquer une architecture remarquable; tres beau cadrage également de cette abbaye et des batiments annexes
belle luminosité

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