Capitals with foliage carvings of oak leaves and acorns from the Cloister of Fontfroide Abbey or l'Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Fontfroide, Narbonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Founded by the Viscount of Narbonne in 1093, Fontfroide linked to the Cistercian order in 1145. These capitals date from the first cloister, built 1180-1210 in Romanesque style, with double columns topped by foliage capitals supporting semicircular arches. The cloister was later altered in the 13th century after the Albigensian Crusade, when tympanums were added and the original wooden roof was replaced with stone. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Capitals with foliage carvings of oak leaves and acorns from the Cloister of Fontfroide Abbey or l'Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Fontfroide, Narbonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Founded by the Viscount of Narbonne in 1093, Fontfroide linked to the Cistercian order in 1145. These capitals date from the first cloister, built 1180-1210 in Romanesque style, with double columns topped by foliage capitals supporting semicircular arches. The cloister was later altered in the 13th century after the...
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