The arches of the Galilee Chapel at Durham Cathedral.
 
 

Abbey of Sant Antimo

Exterior view of the abbey of Sant Antimo, Tuscany, Italy, 1120. This Benedictine abbey is a text-book example of Romanesque architecture, with its square tower, solid construction, and small, round-arched windows. The abbey here was the most important foundation in Tuscany. It had imperial connections, was on the route to Rome, and had extensive landholdings. It has an interesting historic parallel to Durham. The abbot was so powerful that he held the title of Earl Palatine, and had similar secular authority as the Prince Bishops of Durham.

Exterior view of the abbey of Sant Antimo, Tuscany, Italy, 1120. (For more information about the building see Paradox Place).

This Benedictine abbey is a text-book example of Romanesque architecture, with its square tower, solid construction, and small, round-arched windows.

The abbey was the most important foundation in Tuscany. It had imperial connections, was on the route to Rome, and had extensive landholdings. It has an interesting historic parallel to Durham: The abbot was so powerful that he held the title of Earl Palatine, and had similar secular authority as the Prince Bishops of Durham.