Friday, August 30, 2013

Monastery Ruins

After walking for what seemed like miles above the Gouffre de Lantouy last week, I was just about to give up finding the ruins of an 8th century monastery said to have been founded there by St. Namphaise. Lucie and I were hot and sweaty and really thirsty. And I was a little annoyed with myself; I usually don't have any trouble finding things. I'd seen photos on the internet of this place...I knew it had to be around here somewhere! As we walked back through the long meadow to the Gouffre where we started our search, I happened to look up and there, peeking through the dense trees and undergrowth, I spotted a stone structure. Voila! I'd found it. Retracing our path to the Gouffre, we took a right hand turn instead of a left, found the goat path that led up, and eventually came across this....

the remains of the ancient monastery.
There's not much left....
a few arches...
a window....
some type of round room. Perhaps a tower? a cistern?
But this ancient ruin has a story to tell...a story of evil, a legend that will make you shiver.
I'll share it with you tomorrow!

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