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The impressive wooden frame of the Farinier

Charpente du Farinier de l'abbaye

Marvel at this 13th century frame that is still preserved!

The large two-story storage building known today as Le Farinier was built in the early second half of the 13th century. It bears witness to the medieval domestic uses of the great abbey, such as the storage of foodstuffs.

The other buildings from this period, such as the infirmary and the workshops, disappeared during the 18th century when the new garden buildings were erected.

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This probable granary was 56 meters long and only two thirds of it has been preserved. The first floor has a magnificent oak frame in the shape of an overturned ship's hull in perfect condition! It has been dated by dendrochronology from the middle of the 13th century.

Façade du Farinier de l'abbaye
Façade du Farinier de l'abbaye

© Centre des monuments nationaux / Patrick Tourneboeuf

The eight capitals of the Maior ecclesia are displayed in this room. Presented around the ancient marble altar table The eight capitals, which were placed on truncated columns, belonged to the original traffic circle of the choir of the abbey church. They represent the great art of Cluniac sculpture in the eleventh century through the imitation of the antique and the innovation in the treatment of the subjects.

Détails des chapiteaux de la Maior ecclesia
Détails des chapiteaux de la Maior ecclesia

© Centre des monuments nationaux / David Bordes

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