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Ceiling of dormitory, 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 56m long dormitory occupies the first floor of the east wing of the cloister. The late 15th century ceiling is of curved beams of Spanish chestnut. The monks slept communally here on straw mattresses separated by low partitions....
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