Saturday, August 14, 2010

Postcard From France: A Visit To La Chaise-Dieu

La Chaise Dieu

La Chaise Dieu

La Chaise Dieu

La Chaise Dieu

La Chaise Dieu


La Chaise Dieu

La Chaise Dieu

La Chaise Dieu



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During this stay in the Auvergne, we visited the beautiful Benedictine Abbey of La Chaise-Dieu and the charming village that surrounds it. The gothic abbey, which is situated at more than 1,ooo meters altitude, was founded in 1043 and is home to a magnificent organ, stunning tapestries and a circa 1470's fresco depicting a "Dance Macabre" or "The Dance Of Death", a motif that became popular during the time of the Black Death.
Once a year, La Chaise-Dieu becomes the site of a world renowned baroque music festival created by pianist Georges Cziffra.
This year, the festival celebrates its 44th year.






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