Thursday Doors: Abbaye de La Reau (3)

A final set of doors from Abbaye de La Réau this week.

As we started last week’s instalment with an image taken from inside looking out, here’s another of the same, this time from the smithy/workshop:

This one is in the Visitor Centre:

In the grounds of the Abbey are the ruins of a round defensive tower, a refuge for the monks if some of their theological debates got a little heated:

And a couple more interesting doors from other buildings within the complex:

Thursday Doors 31 August 2017

Tuesdays of Texture: Prie-Dieu

This old and worn ‘prie-dieu’ (prayer stool) at the Abbaye de La Réau could probably do with being re-upholstered, but meanwhile it shows some interesting textures:

Tuesdays of Texture 29 August 2017

Thursday Doors: Abbaye de La Reau (2)

This week we’re continuing our exploration of Abbaye de La Réau with some internal doors. I doubt whether any of these are absolutely original, but most of them are pretty old-looking, it has to be said.

However, to bridge the exterior/interior divide, here’s an image looking out from inside the monks’ living quarters:

A few examples of the doors leading off from this entrance space:

Rather prosaically, this is the door to the (communal) privy. Three seats (holes in a plank, to be more precise), no waiting:

And finally for this week, a door situated in the inner courtyard of the complex. Comes complete with bonus door within a door:

Thursday Doors 24 August 2017

Thursday Doors: Abbaye de La Reau (1)

The Abbaye de La Réau is an outstanding set of monastic buildings, some dating back to the 12th century, in the Vienne département of central France. In addition to the massive religious buildings, the site also includes the secular edifices that were a practical necessity  to support the community of monks that lived here. The whole site is being sympathetically restored both internally and externally and a recent visit revealed many interesting doors – again, both internal and external – to be shared here over the next few weeks.

To begin with, though, some external views, starting with the great doorway of the Abbey itself:

The roof of the Abbey has completely gone, but the walls still look as solid as ever, even if some former doors have been closed up:

This is a view of the adjacent, and much more recent, residential block:

Although it seems clear from this image that some of the living accommodation was reclaimed from earlier uses:

This is in the grounds, next to what is now the Visitor Centre:

And finlly, for this time around, this building lies just outside the walls that enclose the complex:

Thursday Doors 17 August 2017

The Corridor

Last week I visited the grand old Franciscan Abbaye de la Réau, which is currently undergoing substantial restoration. On the first floor of the accommodation block is this long corridor with, it must be said, rather palaial ‘cells’ (more like ‘suites’) leading off it.

The combination of light and shadow is what makes this image particularly suitable for monochrome treatment. Further interest is added by the model of a monk sitting on a bench away in the distance on the left.

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Tuesdays of Texture: Ruined Abbey

This partly overgrown double arched window can be found at the medieval Franciscan Abbaye de la Réau in the Vienne département of France. It looks like it’s had some restoration work done on it, but there’s a long way to go.

Tuesdays of Texture 8 August 2017