ARCHITECT, French
(active around 1009 in Eastern Pyrenees)

Interior view

completed 1009
Photo
Abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou, Casteil (Pyrénées-Orientales)

Supported by bold retaining walls, the mountain monastery is situated on a picturesque location below the 2.800 meters high summit of the Canigou in the eastern Pyrenees. The church building has two storeys. The lower church has barrel-vaulting in the nave and aisles, and a groin-vaulted choir. The upper church also has a nave and two aisles, all barrel-vaulted. The space is terminated in the east by three semi-circular apses, the central one of which is wider because of the broader central nave.

The photo shows the nave of the lower church.




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