Romanesque architecture appeared in Catalonia (Spain) around 1000 AD, and is one of the glories of that region where it is said there are over 2,000 Romanesque buildings, the stars of which are the small, beautiful churches scattered in the rural valleys of the north. Particularly striking are the churches in the narrow Vall de Boi, situated in the Alta Ribagorça region of the high Pyrenees and surrounded by steep mountains. http://www.touristeye.com/Romanesque-Route-in-Catalonia-g-122174

Romanesque architecture appeared in Catalonia (Spain) around 1000 AD, and is one of the glories of that region where it is said there are over 2,000 Romanesque buildings, the stars of which are the small, beautiful churches scattered in the rural valleys of the north. Particularly striking are the churches in the narrow Vall de Boi, situated in the Alta Ribagorça region of the high Pyrenees and surrounded by steep mountains. http://www.touristeye.com/Romanesque-Route-in-Catalonia-g-122174

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ROMANESQUE ARCHITECTURE, France - Plan, Ste-Foy, Conques, 1050-1130. The church has a traditional Latin cross plan which has been modified to accommodate large crowds that would not interfere with the duties of the clergy.

ROMANESQUE ARCHITECTURE, France - Plan, Ste-Foy, Conques, 1050-1130. The church has a traditional Latin cross plan which has been modified to accommodate large crowds that would not interfere with the duties of the clergy.

The Romanesque church of San Millán (12th century), Segovia, Spain.    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/media/17347/The-Romanesque-church-of-San-Millan-Segovia-Spain#

The Romanesque church of San Millán (12th century), Segovia, Spain. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/media/17347/The-Romanesque-church-of-San-Millan-Segovia-Spain#

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Autun, The Cathédrale St-Lazare (Cathedral of St. Lazarus) is the most important historical building in Autun, Burgundy. This view shows its later Gothic additions.

Autun, The Cathédrale St-Lazare (Cathedral of St. Lazarus) is the most important historical building in Autun, Burgundy. This view shows its later Gothic additions.

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Romanesque style - is marked by great variation in decoration.  The carvings are very geometric and appear above the portal (archway) into a cathedral.  Note the columns are slender with a smallish capital.  The capital does have some carving at the top that is very detailed.

Romanesque style - is marked by great variation in decoration. The carvings are very geometric and appear above the portal (archway) into a cathedral. Note the columns are slender with a smallish capital. The capital does have some carving at the top that is very detailed.

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Classic Romanesque Architecture. Romanesque architecture is an architectural style of Medieval Europe characterized by semi-circular arches.

Classic Romanesque Architecture. Romanesque architecture is an architectural style of Medieval Europe characterized by semi-circular arches.

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The westwork of the Maria Laach Abbey, Germany, C12th, (porch 1225) is typical of Germany, a form that dates to Carolingian architecture with grouped towers of different plans and both "candle-snuffer" and Rhenish helm spires.

The westwork of the Maria Laach Abbey, Germany, C12th, (porch 1225) is typical of Germany, a form that dates to Carolingian architecture with grouped towers of different plans and both "candle-snuffer" and Rhenish helm spires.

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