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Tower abbey of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux
France

Located on the Grand Place, the tower abbey has constituted a round corner tower and served as a portal to the church of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Amand.

Built from 1626 to 1640 on the orders of abbot Nicolas du Bois, it has with its two lower turrets an imposing mass of 82 m high.
Listed historical monument since 1846, the Abbey Tower is the most unusual baroque style monument of North Europe because it constitutes a real architectural curiosity by his exuberant ornamentation, mixture of piety and fantasy.
It also contains a carillon of 48 bells.

The shot was taken in february 2015, in the end of the morning. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).

Source : http://www.nordmag.fr/nord_pas_de_calais/saint_amand/saint_amand.htm (translated with help of Google Traduction)

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Copyright: Franck Masschelein
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10656x5328
Taken: 27/02/2015
Uploaded: 08/03/2015
Updated: 06/01/2019
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Tags: abbey; tower; tower abbey; monument; heritage; saint-amand-les-eaux; france; hdr; enfuse; historical monument
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