Four pillars

Abbaye De Beauport, Paimpol, Brittany

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Another photo from my latest trip to Northern Brittany in France. This one was made in the cellar of the ‘Abbaye de Beauport’ near Paimpol. This cellar, once filled with loads of food en wine, is now filled with nothing but beautiful light.

The maritime abbey of Beauport was founded by the Prémonté (Premonstratensian) order in 1202 in Paimpol’s cove. Built on high ground, on the orders of Alain de Penthievre, it dominates the landscape, with breathtaking views of the sea and the Isle of Saint Riom.

Six centuries of monastic history echo through the building, which later became a private residence. You can stroll through the grounds and enjoy the views over marshland, moors, reed beds and pasture, plus the orchard collections, walled garden and cloisters. Access to all this has been made possible by way of their purchase in 1992 by the coastal conservation organisation ‘Conservatoire du littoral’. Since the association acquired the site, a number of archaeological excavations have taken place.

The Beauport Abbey was occupied by Premonstratensian until 1790. It now serves as a stop-off point for pilgrims on their way to Compostela.


8 thoughts on “Four pillars

  1. Well, after browsing your images I realize I probably shouldn’t hit the “Like” button on ALL of them…but they’re all that good. Very impressive work! But I will subscribe.
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  2. That’s a real nice picture.
    I’ve lived and travelled in Northern Brittany. It’s an amazing place for sure.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog by the way. Everybody’s welcome. Come one, come all!

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