Carved capitals with fantastic beasts and figures entwined with foliage, on the facade of the Abbey Church, Romanesque, built 1105-60, at Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Loire Valley, Maine-et-Loire, France. The abbey was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel, who created the Order of Fontevraud. It was a double monastery for monks and nuns, run by an abbess. The order was dissolved during the French Revolution and the building subsequently used as a prison. The abbey is listed as a historic monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Carved capitals with fantastic beasts and figures entwined with foliage, on the facade of the Abbey Church, Romanesque, built 1105-60, at Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Loire Valley, Maine-et-Loire, France. The abbey was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel, who created the Order of Fontevraud. It was a double monastery for monks and nuns, run by an abbess. The order was dissolved during the French Revolution and the building subsequently used as a prison. The abbey is listed as a...
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