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Montmajour Abbey

The abbey was built in the 12-17th centuries. 

From the Latin « major» (larger), the island of Montmajour, surrounded by ponds and marshes, reaches about forty meters. It is on this site, at the doors of Arles, that the first community of Benedictines was established in 949, inaugurating eight centuries of monastic life. Gradually increased and enriched, the monastic complex quickly became one of the most visited pilgrimage centres in Europe, particularly at the time of the Great Forgiveness of the Holy-Cross, instituted in 1030. The many buildings on this site (conventual buildings, the cloister, vaults, the tower) are of great architectural interest. A new monastery, built in the 13th century, marked the site with a completely different imprint, inspired by imposing and functional civil architecture. After many historical vicissitudes, the abbey of Montmajour is today the object of various restoration projects, opening it gradually to the visitor's curiosity. In addition, it became a prestigious exhibition centre, in particular for the International Photography events.
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