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Photo of Cluny Abbey

South Transept: Vault and Cupola

Vault of the great south transept, looking into the cupola of the octagonal Holy Water Belfry. Even from this small part, one can see that the sense of space and light at Cluny Abbey was much greater than other Romanesque churches. On the right is the closed-in north side of the transept, which originally opened into the nave. The lower part of the photo is the west wall of the transept.

Photo © Holly Hayes.