The village of St. Papoul, France has a population less than 1000 persons. It is an ancient
village, founded with an abbey built there in the 8th century. Some sections of the church
still stand that were built in the 12th century. In addition to the church's distinguished age,
it boasts a fine collection of carved stone figures that are attributed to the Master of
Cabestany. This sculptor is believed to have lived in the latter half of the 12th century. His
identity is unknown. Although his work has survived all these many hundreds of years, it has
only been within the last 100 years that his collected works have been attributable to him,
a singular artist. His work spans across southern Europe and has become quite famous for its distinctive
style. I hope you enjoy the Slideshow or simply browsing the individual photos
of St. Papoul below.
St. Papoul Street #7578
This photo shows the city gate through the medieval walls around the ancient village of St. Papoul, France.
Abbey de St. Papoul #7846
The Abbey of St. Papoul was founded in the 8th century.
Abbey de St. Papoul #7501
The little village of St. Papoul was enjoyable to explore, with its ancient abbey and church.
St. Papoul Cloister #7511
This photo shows part of the attractive cloister in the St. Papoul Church.
St. Papoul Cloister #7569
The age of the ancient church and abbey are part of what makes a visit here quite interesting.
St. Papoul Carved Figure #7490
The village of St. Papoul is famous for a collection of stone carvings now attributed to the 12th century sculptor known as
the Master of Cabestany.
St. Papoul Carved Figure #7491
The stone figures on the St. Papoul Church - once raised to Cathedral status by the Catholic church - are thought to have
been created by the 12th century artist known as the Master of Cabestany.
St. Papoul Carved Figure #7492
St. Papoul Carved Figure #7493
Work of the Master of Cabestany #7484
Work of the Master of Cabestany #7497
Carved Figure #7499
St. Papoul Church Nave #7523
St. Papoul Seat Figure #7547
The inside of the Church of St. Papoul is also adorned with many ancient and beautiful carved wooden choir seats.
St. Papoul Seat Carving #7548
Carved Seat #7551
St. Papoul Stained Glass #7555
St. Papoul Stained Glass #7539
St. Papoul Stained Glass #7540
These photos show some of the stained glass of the Church of St. Papoul. See more photos of stained glass at
Stained Glass of France.