Enjoyed a late afternoon visit today and was glad we timed it perfectly for a guided tour of the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which is just a short walk down the road (only French spoken). I was anxious to see inside this most holy place; but the chapel's amazing simplicity and wondrous symmetry is marred by the ugly display of red plastic elongated bells with red human-like arms grasping red cords attached to machinery that turns to pull the bell cords. Ridiculous, boring and not worthy of this very special, holy structure. Such a disappointment.
Our tour took us back to the main abbey and up to the highest courtyard level where we then ventured out on our own. Climbing the tower afforded the best views of the surrounding farmland and hills--just beautiful. Walking around the exterior courtyards felt more like being within a castle.
The interior building restoration work was great but there is little or no remnants of monastery life itself--furniture, artwork, books, etc. and once again the modern art displays throughout the galleries by Christian Lacroix were so out of sync with the abbey. The very solemnity of the beautiful cloister is totally ruined by the zombie-like figures dressed in priestly robes. So very disrespectful of a holy place. I couldn't wait to leave.
This is a wonderfully preserved piece of history that would be better left empty than cluttered with
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.