In the town of Moissac is one of the oldest monasteries in Europe. Its foundation dates back to the 5th century, when Christianity entered Gaul.
We are in front of the convent church of Saint-Martin with its crenellated tower porch and Romanesque portal (12th century). The nave, as well as the bell tower, date from the 15th century (reconstruction period with brick technique).
The portal with its tympanum.
The apostle Paul at the central pillar of the entrance portal.
A view into the interior of the church, which looks like wallpaper, but it is paintings.
I was the first to enter this wonderful place right after the opening of the cloister. There it lay peacefully before me and no tourist disturbed the idyll from the 11th century! It is one of the most beautiful Romanesque cloisters in existence. I was so impressed that I almost forgot to take a picture.
The capitals are a bible carved in stone.
The apostles are represented on the corner pillars and the central pillars.