A lot of places in France have served as inspiration for books. I just made a fun trip to Moissac. Where? You may be asking yourself. It’s a small town in southwestern France, notable for, among other things, its Saint Pierre abbey and cloister, a World Heritage site. More people know about it than think they do, because the tympanum of the church’s southwestern portal was described in detail in the novel The Name of the Rose. Eco puts them in Italy. The carved scenes also featured in the movie. Here are some pictures. The portal dates back to the early twelfth century.
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