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Well, I'm in Writers' Limbo while I wait for some edits to come through (gulp!!), so I thought I'd post some more photos of pretty Languedoc architecture.  It's the beautiful gothic abbey of Villelangue now, which though privately owned, is opened up most days for public viewing.

The setting is picturesque, in the grounds of a private house (still occupied) which sits at the edge of a hamlet.  The monument was supposed to open at 10am, but this was actually more like 10.20 the day we visited, so we took the opportunity to go exploring:-


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Here's a view of the abbey complex itself: the precinct walls are still upstanding, as are most of the conventual buildings, with the stump of the abbey church visible to the left of the tall tree.  Note, too, the tall doocote at the left of the abbey buildings - we'll be visiting this structure again in a later post:-


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And now here's a closer view of the remains of the abbey church, seen from beyond the precinct walls:-


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Because the monument's in private hands, information relating to the building's history and architecture is lacking. But over the last couple of centuries, the owners have done a grand job of safeguarding its remains, as we shall see.

[You will note, dear readers, that I am posting in LiveJournal, because despite the ease of crossposting from Dreamwidth, images are still damned impossible to deal with!]

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