Saturday, October 30, 2010

Carennac ...

 ... Carennac - Lot Department - Midi-Pyrénées region,
historic province of France: Quercy
in south-western France
...
  
... Carennac was a medieval village gathered
around a church dedicated to St. Cernin and
dependent on the Abbey of Cluny ...
  
 ... fortified gate and entrance to the medieval priory,
combining an 11th century church and cloister,
and a 16th century Dean's castle ...
   
 ... prieuré-doyenné / priory-deanery Saint-Pierre church
features a remarkable tympanum: Christ in Majesty
surrounded by the apostles in the archivolt (12th century) ...
   
...  priory court and  Dean's Castle (16th century) ...

... 'Honour to our representative' honour flags ...     
Use of "honour flags" in the South-West of France
... tricolour flags (often a pair) are added on the top of the 'mast',
where they flank a rectangular shield, with a tricolour border and
 the words 'Honneur à notre élue' (Honour to our representative) ...
source: otago.ac.nz
... they are called 'les Mai', known as 'Plantations de Mai'.  
Once up, they are meant to rot away rather 
than ever be taken down ...
source: cadogan.com

 ... steeple of the Saint-Pierre de Carennac church ...
   
 ... exterior wall of the half-Romanesque, half-Gothic priory ...
   
 ... courtyard wall of the priory ...
     
 ... la tour St Eloi / Saint-Eloy's tower ...
   
... 'Après le Mois de la Pierre' by five sculptors
   
Every year in November "le Mois de la Pierre",
that brings together professionals and sculptors,
is organized in Carennac. Some years ago a group
of five sculptors (including Gerard Collas of Girac)
created this sculpture and gave it to Carennac
...
... source: petit-patrimoine.com
  
Gérard Collas ... (FR)
by gerardcollas.hautetfort.com
... site officielle - blog de Gérard Collas, sculpteur ...

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