Fontevraud Abbey, Loire Valley…

After Saumur we drove along the Loire river and stopped at the Fontvraud Abbey, home of the tomb of Richard I of England ( better known as Richard the Lionheart)… The weather had indeed pursued us, however the interior of the Abbey was bathed in a soft subdued light that was quite beautiful to behold.

Fontevraud Abbey, Anjou
Fontevraud Abbey under a stormy sky © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

This first colour view inside the nave gives an idea of the scale, while the second shows a group of people viewing the tomb of Richard I and Isabella of Angouleme…all images handheld using the 17mm TS-E

The nave at Fontevraud Abbey
The nave at Fontevraud Abbey © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The tomb of Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) at Fontevraud Abbey
The tomb of Richard I © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The cloister galleries at Fontevraud Abbey
The cloister galleries at Fontevraud Abbey © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Normally I tend to favour quite contrasty black and white conversions, however in this instance I processed the RAW files to match the prevailing mood inside the Abbey…I just liked the high key feel, which although not strictly how the interiors looked to the eye, certainly match my emotional memory of this spacious building…

The nave at Fontevraud Abbey
I like the 2 figures in this image, giving a nice sense of the scale… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
View towards the choir at Fontevraud Abbey
View towards the choir at Fontevraud Abbey…the trick here was waiting until the other tourists had moved on… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Outside the Abbey, a few detail shots…

Wisteria at Fontevraud Abbey, Anjou
The Wisteria adds a really nice contrast of colour to buildings throughout the Loire… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Fontevraud Abbey, Anjou
Lamp and windows… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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