Monday, February 13, 2012

RR 5: (Saint-Martin-du-Canigou: A Master of Monk Seclusion)

The Sait-Martin-du-Canigou is a monastery embedded in the mountains of southwestern France.  It's purpose is to house monks, wanderers, and anyone who sought to seek refuge in God.  Sclua, a monk, directed the building of the Saint-Martin-du-Canigou. A building built for monks by a monk, it's only logical that the building would give them the seclusion they desired for worship. Dim lighting created by the vaults contributed to the spiritual atmosphere that was intended for the building.  The monastery is relatively small and is not easily accessible with the intention of getting lost from the outside world. During a time where secular influences were arising a place to seek certainty in the midst of such an uncertain time was needed.  There are two sanctuaries stacked on top of one another with barrel vaults leading into each of the lit sanctuary isles for heavenly characteristics.  Places of worship have since evolved into the open churches we have present day.  There are still quarters where the preacher secludes him/herself to get away from the outside world just as the monks did.

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