04 août 2007

The abbey of Noirlac, history

Before the appearance of the cistercians, quite even the arrival of the Romans, the area saw the man of Heidelberg (related with the family of the homo erectus). The many prospections in the river Cher gave place to discovered very old industries, of which there remain to us tools, cut in the rollers. Quite still, at the beginning of Jurassic, the area is covered with a not very deep hot sea in edge of the Central Massif. An important sedimentation generates deposits, qualified of Hettangien according to the determination... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The abbey church

After having crossed the arcade, remains long arched passage which formed the entry of the fence, we are in front of the abbey church. The gate of entry, on the Western frontage, was in XIIIth century preceded by a porch of 4 arched spans. The church takes again the cistercian plan in cross, composed of two spans with flat bedside, opened on the transept crossing whose each brace carries, in the East, two vaults.The nave includes 8 arched spans of warheads and is composed of an alongside central vessel of two sides.... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The cloister

The cloister serves by its galleries all the essential parts of the abbey: the chapter house, the sacristy, the room of the monks, the refectory.Its galleries open on a garden whose well is eccentric. One can imagine that a first cloister, square, existed before the reconsrtuction of the current one. Its groined vaults are still visible in the galleries north and south. The rebuilding started with the galleries north, against the church, then western, against the storeroom. The posts make it possible to allot these... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The chapter house

It is the neatest part and most remarkable. It dates from XIIIth century. It is the place where the community meet, where the abbot exerted his magistery and where he pointed out the chapters of the rule. Moreover, the brothers convers were entitled to the chapter, but were not entitled to the “voice”. “Not to have a say” was often deformed by “not being entitled to the chapter”…The rectangular space of 12,64 m out of 8,48 m is organized in two naves forming six square spans arched on intersecting ribs, whose ... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The room of the monks

The room of the monks date from the XIIth century. This part is decorated of a chimney, perhaps added on a later date. The large windows date from the XVIIIth century.This room, very altered, preserved its groined vault. On the chimney, two leaned sticks of abbot, emblematic image of the  cistercian order.It was to be used as scriptorium.      
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04 août 2007

The refectory

Located in the southern wing, it forms the principal axis of it. Transformed in the XVIIIth century by a middle height floor, in order to build the apartment of the hosts, this room found its primitive volume today: 24 m length, 11 of width, 9 height. It is covered with 8 vaults on intersecting ribs whose repercussions take support on a file of three median columns. It is enlightened in the south by four high surmounted lancets of two polylobed roses. The recent restoration made possible to find the pulpit of the... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007


The first is in the wing of the monks, on the first floor. It was enlightened in the east as in the west by the small windows of which only those of the Western face remain. Community until the XVIIth century, it was arranged at that time in individual cells by wood partitions. The frontage on the garden was considerably modified and made it possible, with its broad openings, to build true private apartments. The last room at the bottom of the corridor was used as the prior apartment.The dormitory of the convers, 28 m... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2007

The storeroom

The walls of the storeroom are certainly former to the wall of the frontage of the church which comes to be stuck to it, and date from the work campaign carried out of 1170 to 1190. The vaults probably date from first half of XIIIth century. At the origin, its openings were closed by oiled fabrics. (Drawn from the work of Jean-Yves Ribault, “the abbey of Noirlac” to the Ouest-France editions)
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