This is a picture from France, to change a bit 😀
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a small village located in a narrow valley close to the gorge of the Hérault River.
The village looks medieval and is one of The most beautiful villages of France. As it is situated along St James’ Way, the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella, its Abbey was designated UNESCO World Heritages site.
The Abbey is really beautiful and sit in the middle of the village, close to a small waterfall. Built in 804, it sadly became part of the list of the “national properties” during the french revolution (1789) and was sold to resolve the financial crisis that was undergoing at that time.
The monastery was then used as a spinning mill till the beginning of the 20th century where it was restored by the “Monuments historiques” administration.
But around the same time, an american collector bought a big piece of the cloister of the abbey, along with some sculpture, and rebuild it on the other side of the Atlantic ocean.
The cloister is now sitting on Manhattan island, in The Cloisters museum in New York.