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Abbaye du Thoronet

Abbaye du Thoronet
Thoronet Abbey (French: L'abbaye du Thoronet) is a former Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century, now restored as a museum. It is sited between the towns of Draguignan and Brignoles in the Var Department of Provence, in southeast France. It is one of the three Cistercian abbeys in Provence, along with the Sénanque Abbey and Silvacane, that together are known as "the Three Sisters of Provence."

Thoronet Abbey had a significant influence upon the Swiss architect Le Corbusier Following the Second World War, Father Couturier, a Dominican priest and artist, who had contacts with contemporary artists Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, invited Le Corbusier to design a convent at La Tourette, close to Lyon. Father Coutourier wrote to Le Corbusier in 1953: "I hope that you can go to Le Thoronet, and that you will like that place. It seems to me that there you will find the essence of what a monastery must have been like at the time it was built; a place where men lived by a vow of silence, devoted themselves to reflection and meditation and a communal life which has not changed very much over time." Le Corbusier visited Thoronet, and wrote an article about his visit, including the observation, "the light and the shadow are the loudspeakers of this architecture of truth." The convent that he eventually built has a number of features inspired by Thoronet, including the tower and the simple volumes, and the alternating full and empty spaces created by bright light falling on the walls.

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Nouchetdu38 club
4 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Gorgeous play of light and shadow.
Healthy sunny week ahead.
4 months ago.
Adele club
Che luogo incantevole e che foto., dove regna l’armonia tra luce e ombra!
4 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Magnifique et excellemment rendue avec cette magnifique combinaison d'ombre et de lumière.
Un Clair-Obscur bien réussi...
4 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Beautifully presented in b/w, Nora !
4 months ago.
Superbe n&b
4 months ago.
 Stephan Fey
Stephan Fey club
Schwarz-Weiß ist schon immer besonders! Sehr schön Nora!
4 months ago.
cammino club
beautiful b/w job!
4 months ago.
RHH club
Beautiful and the black and white captures nicely the light and gives a sense of age.
4 months ago.
 Ulrich G
Ulrich G club
Gefällt mir!
4 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Très très beau, ce N&B! Bonne semaine, Nora!
4 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
4 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Beau n&b !
4 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome monochrome! Stay well!

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4 months ago.
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"The light and the shadow are the loudspeakers of this architecture of truth"....
Seems, this principle was not only applied within the building.
As a b/w photo, it is shown to great advantage here!
4 months ago.
Léopold club
J'aimerais y faire un séjour monastique même si je suis loin d'être un saint !
4 months ago.
tiabunna club
Lovely light and shade.
4 months ago.
 Nathalie D
Nathalie D club
Joli n&b !!
4 months ago.
Annaig56 club
ca doit etre un bel endroit de paix,
4 months ago.

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