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A blog exploring historic architecture, especially in Bordeaux, France.
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  • Les Lavoirs 7 years ago I seem to spend a lot of time writing about religious architecture, but churches and abbeys aren’t the only interesting buildings here in France. In fact, it’s the small, often-overlooked structures that intrigue me the most. Take for instance, lavoirs, those communal buildings where women...
  • The Abbey of St. Michael de Cuxa 7 years ago Unlike the Priory of Serrabone, which is perched high on a hillside, the Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa sits in a valley at the base of Mount Canigou, one of the highest peaks in the Pyrenees. Currently home to a small group of Benedictine monks, St Michael’s fist sheltered a monastic community in...
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door 7 years ago It's been so long since my last post that I bet you thought archi-trouve was gone for good. The truth is that we've been traveling almost non-stop this year and there hasn't been much time to write. But today, when I realized that it had been over two months since my last post, I...
  • An Oriental Palace 8 years ago Because we talk about the Alhambra, in singular form, it sounds as if it’s one building. But the Alhambra was actually a royal city, a fortified complex of palaces, mosques, schools, workshops and farms capable of supporting 40,000 people. Not surprisingly, given its turbulent history, the...
  • The Middle of Paradise 8 years ago "Leave me in Granada in the middle of paradise where my soul wells with poetry:Leave me until my time comes and I may intone a fitting song..."José ZorrillaFor the next couple of weeks archi-trouve will be moving to Granada to report on the Alhambra - that masterpiece of Andalusian architecture....

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