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Du désert au Paradis : Conques et son environnement prémoderne

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Title in English From desert to paradise: Conques and its premodern environment


Year of publication 2023
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Faculty of Arts

Description In the 19th century, travelers’ reaching the Conques-en-Rouergue site recall one of the most widespread medieval literary myths: that of a paradisiacal place erected in the middle of a desert. If these romantic texts correspond to the tastes of their time, it is worth reflecting on their roots. Located in the middle of the Massif Central, surrounded by forest and set in the Dourdou Gorge, the urbanization of this monastic site clearly corresponds to a practice where the sacred and profane intermingle. The aim of this presentation is, of course, to sketch out how a “wild” site can be transformed into a sacred place. However, there is a second, even more important line of thought: that related to the construction of a sustainable ecosystem where nature and culture are built in harmony within a Neo-Platonic system.
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