Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 12/17/2013


Photo taken on July  1, 2013



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zodiac
Merovingian
Abbatiale Sainte-Croix
Norman Raids
Norman invasion
sagitarius
Via Turonensis
Saracen
archivolt
Paul Abadie
Gironde
Aquitaine
Bordeaux
France
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Monthly Labors pruning


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Bordeaux - Sainte-Croix

Bordeaux - Sainte-Croix
The late afternoon sun shines on "Sainte-Croix", the church of the former "Abbatiale Sainte-Croix". The abbey was founded in Merovingian times just south of Bordeaux. The exact year is unknown, but it was mentioned already in 679. The abbey was destroyed by the Saracens around 730 and rebuilt at the end of the century . During the 9th century the Normans raided the area and the abbey got devastated again. Local nobility supported the rebuilding of the abbey by donations and privileges.


The abbey church, built in eleventh/twelfth century, got renovated and rebuilt during the 19th century by Paul Abadie, later known as the architect of "Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre" and strongly influenced by Viollet-le-Duc. His works (eg Saint-Front, Périgueux, St. Pierre, Angoulême) are disputed today, as he "re-created" structures and added details.

While the outer of the large archivolts depict the "Elders of the Apocalypse" (see previous uploads), the inner one has the signs of the Zodiac and the "Monthly Labors". A farmer is pruning the vines. Below a part of the Sagitarius.

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