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#6590: Chapel of St. Michael

Photo 6590: Chapel of St. Michael - Tournus Abbey

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Photo ID
6590
Credit
Title
Chapel of St. Michael
Caption
The Chapel of St. Michael, looking east, early 11th century. The chapel is accessed via a narrow spiral staircase to the right of the narthex. It is laid out just like the narthex below, but has a much higher ceiling (12.5m) and more light. It is the strongest part of the church and looks much like a castle with its strong masonry and arrow-slit windows (the ones visible from the west front). This chapel served not only as a spiritual sanctuary but also a place of refuge and defense during invasions, which were fairly frequent in the Middle Ages.
Geotag
46.565868° N, 4.908936° E
Uploaded
August 20, 2010
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
ISO
1600