La Porte du Ciel
The Monks Graveyard
A sense of serenity prevails and the world seems to be standing still here. Visitors become involuntarily immersed in an unreal atmosphere of infinite calm and contemplation, the rationale for the foundation of the abbey of yesteryear.
Upon the death of a monk he was buried anonymously, in accordance with his desire for absolute humility. The habit of identifying graves and adding dated wooden crosses only started during the seventeenth century. This was not comparable to the tombs in churches and cathedrals, where the tombstones often formed part of the tiling of a walkway, with an inscription of the names and dates listed in the genealogy. In the great monasteries several cemeteries were laid out, each reserved for a certain class of order.
The Monks Graveyard in image
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A raptor exhibition is the perfect illustration of all that man ever admired as these birds rise above all others, with their majestic, worthy appearance. More info
Oasis and its animals
The Oasis is a huge conservatory (7,000 m2) where the roof can be opened during spells of nice weather and closed when the weather is cold and rainy, while still allowing daylight to enter. More info
Here, more than elsewhere, it is worthwhile to take your time and slow down. This is a piece of paradise on earth, with a fragile and delicate balance, a sanctuary of beautiful birds and with a wealth of colour as if you are in a dream. More info
The treasure chamber
In the crypte of the bats, you can now discover a unique collection of objects from all over the world. More info
The Blue Peafowl, originating from the Indian sub-continent, has become a domestic bird throughout the world because of the magnificence of its plumage. More info