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Abbey of Montmajour – a former Benedictine abbey located on a rocky hill near Arles. Built in the 10th century, the abbey resembles a fortress. During the Middle Ages, the abbey was the most important pilgrimage site. Through pilgrimage, it became rich and prosperous.
The abbey was built on a drained swamp. In the 18th century, the buildings began to decline, they were reconstructed and thus the buildings in the Baroque style appeared. Since 1785, the abbey was closed due to the accusation of Cardinal Roan of involvement in the `` necklace affair ''. Within a few years, most of the church property and relics were confiscated or sold out.
The complex of buildings of the abbey includes: Roman aqueducts (more precisely, their ruins); Chapel of the Holy Cross, erected in the XII century; covered gallery in Romanesque style, adjacent to the church building; the Daudet mill, described in Alphonse Daudet's book Letters from My Mill and a museum dedicated to the writer.
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Topic: Abbey of Montmajour in France, resort of Arles.