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Great Church of Our Lady
Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France
Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, Loiret, Centre, France
Autun, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Pisa, Pisa Province, Tuscany, Italy
The west entrance of the church leads into a dark narthex (late 10th or early 11th century) with a low, heavy vault. Like the nave, it has three aisles supported by plain round pillars. The center aisle is groin vaulted and the side aisles are barrel vaulted; some are decorated with frescoes... Credit: David Joyal.
West facade, 11th century. It is imposing and austere, with thick walls and arrow-slit windows indicating its double purpose as a fortress. The only decoration comes from tall recesses beneath Lombard bands (small blind arches) and a cross cut in the top center... Credit: David Joyal.
The mountain village of Conques nestles around the Church of St. Foy, seen here from the northwest. Credit: Holly Hayes.
View from above. Saint-Martin-du-Canigou Abbey (c.1009), Roussillon, France. Credit: David Joyal.
The beautiful 12th-century west facade of Notre-Dame-la-Grande, Poitiers. Credit: David Joyal.
Nave (c. 1100-18) looking west. Basilica of St. Sernin, Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France. Credit: Holly Hayes.
View of the towers of Durham Cathedral from across the River Wear to the northwest. The twin west towers date from 1217-26; the central tower was rebuilt in 1465-90. Durham, England. Credit: Holly Hayes.
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