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Photo of Senanque Abbey

Side Aisle

Side aisle looking north (ecclesiastical east). Nestled in a valley in Provence famed for its lavender fields, the Cistercian Abbey of Senanque was founded in 1148. The austere and harmonious church, built in the Romanesque style, was consecrated in 1178 but the nave was not begun until 1180.

Photo © Holly Hayes.