Sant Joan de les Abadesses - Monastery

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    The monastery was founded in 885 by Wilfred the Hairy as one of the first nunneries in Catalonia. First abbess here was his daughter Emma. At that time her brother Radulf was abbot in nearby Ripoll, where Wilfred had founded a monastery as well. A family business!

    The church of the nunnery was consecrated in 887, but already in 1017, by request of Bernard I of Besalú, a papal bull suppressed the nunnery. Bernard then established a community of monks. In 1114 Augustinian canons took possession of the monastery, ruled by local abbots until 1484. In 1592 the monastery was secularized and converted into a simple collegiate that was given up in 1856.

    The church has a single nave and a wide transept. The transept opens to to five apses. Many carved capitals can be found in the dim building - and Wilfred the Hairy´s "crown" is on display here.

    One of the capitals depicts the baptism of Jesus by Saint John in the river Jordan. The Holy Ghost is just above Jesus´ head.

    The strange light here was created by a little torchlight I used. I t was so dark...

    HORACIO JOSE CAROL LUGONES, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. HORACIO JOSE CAROL LUGONES 60 months ago | reply

      very beautiful image
      Wonderful shot ! Excellent !
      Have a nice day my friend

    2. Ray E. R. - adfinem 60 months ago | reply

      That tecnic worked! Great shot!

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