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Denis Gliksman

La Chapelle en Ruine _ The Vault in Ruin

Gressey, Yvelines, France

June 24, 2010, 20:00 UTC

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Caption

J'ai toujours été intrigué par une peinture un peu naïve dans la mairie du village montrant un curieux bâtiment à côté d'une petite chapelle dans les champs. L'étrange bâtiment semble avoir été un petit monastère puis un pensionnat de jeunes filles, ce qui lui vaudra son surnom de "couvent". Il a été abandonné en 1881 et détruit il y a 100 ans. Il paraît d'autant plus étrange qu'énorme par rapport à la taille de notre petit village. Plus personne de vivant ne l'a donc vu maintenant. A part cette peinture et 2 photos, il ne reste plus que les ruines de la chapelle, bien abîmée par la tempête de 1999, et noyée dans des orties et des ronces de 2 mètres de haut. La photo ancienne, visible en bas de mon panoramique vient d'un bon livre sur l'histoire du village écrit par Pierre Chauvin.

I have always been intrigued by a painting, naive style, in the town hall showing a strange building along a small vault in the middle of the fields. The strange building seems to have been a monastery, then a boarding school of young girls, that explains its nickname of Brood. It was given up in 1881 and have been destroyed a century ago. It looks like even more strange because it seems quiet big compared to the village's size. Nobody alive has actually seen it.

Except for the painting and 2 photographs there is nothing left, only the ruins of the vault, hardly hurt by the 1999 gale, and disappearing under 2 meters high nettles and brambles. The old picture shown at the bottom of the panorama comes from a good book on Gressey's history written by Pierre Chauvin.

Location

Europe / France

Lat: 48° 49' 54.64" N
Long: 1° 36' 24.99" E

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Equipment

Nikon D300 _ Nikkor 10.5mm _ Nodal Ninja _ Manfrotto tripod
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