Friday, September 20, 2013

Abbey Church At Tournus

We first saw the abbey church at Tournus in 1989, and I was impressed, and remained impressed. It is a 10th-11th century Romanesque church, and, until we saw Charlemagne's "cathedral" in Aachen in 2011, it is likely the oldest strictly European (post-Roman) building we have seen. From Beaune we headed south, with Tournus one of a couple of notable stops.
The abbey was founded by survivors of the
Viking raids in Normandy, carrying the remains/
relics of St. Philibertus; in Burgundy they got
raided by Hungarians and even Moors; and
resisted Cluny's efforts to take them over; times
were nasty and brutish






















Nave














Elevation


















11th century mosaic in the ambulatory, recently discovered,
relating the Zodiac to monthly labors, a common Medieval
theme
















Not a lot of sculpture going on...














Altar


















Looking astern, great organ


















Now in the crypt














This puppy is really old


















More crypt


















10th century well














Crypt view














Outside, looking at tower


















Cloister














Cloister sculpture














Deteriorating jamb statues removed for
preservation




















Capitals, other pieces, removed for preservation














Now in the huge hall above the huge narthex


















Looking up into the tower above


















Thus; impressive place...

1 comment:

Tawana said...

Interesting staircase in the tower. I love the old churches, too.