Gallery 003 - Saint-Guilhem Cloister (The Cloisters)
Part of Medieval Art and The Cloisters
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Natural light streams through a skylight into this cloister, which was reconstructed with more than 140 fragments from the Benedictine abbey of St.-Guilhem-le-Désert. Located northwest of Montpellier, it was founded in the early ninth century and quickly became a major pilgrimage site. The exquisite limestone carvings of both narrative scenes and intricate plant motifs come from the now-destroyed upper story of the abbey's cloister, dating from the late twelfth century. Important twelfth-century sculptures from France, Italy, and Spain on the peripheral walls provide informative comparisons.