Abbaye de Flaran in the Gers

Abbaye de Flaran    Flaran has one of the most well-preserved abbeys in the southwest of France.  In 1151, the Abbaye was founded in Baise Valley and lies in a tranquil setting surrounded by well maintained grounds. There are arched doorways encircling a central courtyard as well as several historical exhibits.  The chapel is quite charming with high arches and stained glass windows.   One floor contains an art collection with works from Gainsborough, Monet, Rodin, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, Lautrec and beautiful sculptures by Dali.  Quite a surprise to view such great art!