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Monestir de Poblet in Catalonia, Spain, founded in 1151. It served as the royal pantheon of the Crown of Aragon, and is in use by monks of the Cistercian order.
Early French gothic devices in the architecture give a grand expression of upward movement. The white stone seems to be stretched up by the light itself, a manifestation of the heavenly firmament. Gothic was still undeveloped, however, and most spaces are Romanesque. Middle Eastern influences are clear in the lavatorium and courtyarded spaces.
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