Cloister and Chapter House, Fontenay Abbey, Marmagne, Cote d'Or, France. This Cistercian abbey was founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1119, built in the Romanesque style. The abbey itself housed 300 monks from 1200, but was sacked during the French Revolution. The 36m cloister dates from the 12th century and one arch leads directly to the Chapter House, a rib-vaulted open chamber where the monks gathered daily to read a chapter from St Benedict's Rule. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Cloister and Chapter House, Fontenay Abbey, Marmagne, Cote d'Or, France. This Cistercian abbey was founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1119, built in the Romanesque style. The abbey itself housed 300 monks from 1200, but was sacked during the French Revolution. The 36m cloister dates from the 12th century and one arch leads directly to the Chapter House, a rib-vaulted open chamber where the monks gathered daily to read a chapter from St Benedict's Rule. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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