Burgundy 2013 – Pontigny Abbey

Sometimes…

…a place is so amazing…

…there just aren’t the words…

…to describe it.

That’s how the Cistercian Abbey at Pontigny made me feel.

 It was founded in 1114, and not one…

…but three Archbishops of Canterbury took refugue here…

…Edmund Rich (St Edmund of Abingdon, the first Oxford don to become a saint), St Thomas a Becket and Stephen Langton.

The community was suppressed during the French revolution…

…and it’s said that the local reverence for St Edmund’s relics kept the church from being destroyed…

…and it continued as a parish church.

What a place to have as your parish church…

…sadly, I don’t think it is now.

These chaps were from Rentokil – after termites I think.

We all left…

…feeling…

…rather impressed…

…by the place.