Tarascon and abbey Montmajour

   The last 5 episodes of season 2 are filmed around here. Montmajour is in at least 5 episodes:

The locations of episodes are so mixed, then it's the question do I line up only locations and put all different pictures of the episodes mixed? I don't want all kind of pictures lined up from different episodes without a storyline. I've chosen to do both and I prefer to keep the episodes in order. It's a hard job and a chaotic job. In Crossbow all is filmed in so many places and they mixed the locations as well (in some episodes the emperor has 3 different seats!) I would like to make an experience of it. By making these 'stills' I found out they could switch quickly and smoothly, some scenes I hardly haven't noticed the switch before. The following episodes are shot in Tarascon and Montmajour: Prisoner 2, The Electors 44, The Inquisitor 45, Amnesty 46, Bloodbrothers 47, Betrayal 48

 

We start with

Tarascon

Tarascon was the location of: The Prisoner 2, Message from Geneva 43, The electors 44, Inquisitor 45 and Amnesty 46.

Tarascon is 'the water view' in episode the Prisoner when Tells jumps off the tower. This chateau lies next to the Rhone.

  

 

 

 

The escape from death castle is shot partially here (for the water shot)

Episode The Prisoner when Tells jumps off the tower.

 

 

              

This castle has one (short) important shot in episode two 'The Prisoner' (the towers Crossbow filmed the jump of the prison too, where 'Chateau Epierre' (Tell hometown) was not so high as Tarascon and Miolans so the jump is recorded at Chateau Epierre and Miolans (prison). But one thing did both castles not have....water around it. Tarascon has, so they chose to use three tower shots!...I never noticed it until I took a good look, then you see it clearly. Anyway it's well done!

Miolans

 The escape scene of episode The prisoner is divided into three castles: Miolans the prison, Epierre the jump and the water view Tarascon. I've put the photos of each castle below.

      

Epierre

Above: Castle Miolans and below castle Epierre, both in the Haute Savoie. Yanek Derrien did the jump of the tower (castle of Epierre). He jumped into the boxes.

           

One shot of Tarascon

The water scene

The water can be everywhere but most likely: Hautecombe: they were filming there for episode 2, lake Bourget or just the river the Rhone next of Tarascon.

          

 Nobody ever escaped and nobody can survive this...

 

Episode 44 The Electors starts at Les Baux plateau.

A moment later in TARASCON

The plateau and the tower with the dovecote. 

The opinion of the Duke of Bern is a danger for Gessler, his vote could make a difference.

               

Horst expects the elector, who is a threat to Gessler's position.

           

The dovecote Les Baux                                                                       The farmhouse near Arles

   The scene switches to the castle of Tarasconstill episode 44 The Electors

The main gate with the bridge.

                       2015                                                                                 1988                                                                            2015

          

The canal is mainly dry nowadays. Tarascon has an impressive exterior. The Rhone side is amazing, but this side on the pictures, you better don't think too much about the road and turnabout in front on this beautiful castle! It´s very close to the castle.

Below the duke of Westfalen arrives and he is not amused about their way of politics and wants a change. Gessler lies to assure him they're working on it by the election.

        

   1987                                                                                       2015

    

 

Gessler welcomes all electors.

    

 

The internal bridge and gate

    

    

Standing on the internal bridge looking to the main gate (photo right below).  Horst gets the order to let one of the electors disappear.

Horst Tells that the Duke of Bern is has unfortunately been delayed and perhaps doesn't arrive at all. But the discs are gone and that upsets Gessler.

         

Entering the main gate you see second one and bridge. You see them below. They look almost similar to each other. The internal bridge and gate is in fact a part of the courtyard.

1987                                    1987  The internal gate to the high part of the castle                  2015

         

      The duke Westfalen/Westphalia enters this intern bridge. Below is the main gate, then the path goes under the internal bridge, then a circle to the right to the gate that gives access to the higher part of the castle.

    

                           

Hall of feasts in opposite of the Elector's room.

2015                                    Hall of feasts  (12 on the map)                         2015

    

 

Plan du château 

1- Cour d'entrée.
2- Pont.
3- Cour d'Honneur.
4- Escalier d'honneur.
5- Donjon.
6- Tour de l'Horloge.
7- Tour des Chapelles.
8- Grande chapelle.
10- Tour du sud-ouest.
11- Panneterie.
12- Salle des festins.
13- Tour de l'Artillerie.
14- Accueil.
15- Garde-manger.
16- Échansonnerie.
17- Panneterie.
18- Saucerie.
19- Fruiterie.
20- Basse-cour.
21- Tour Marie.
22- Tour.
23- Tour d'escalier

1- Court of entry.
2- Bridge.
3- Court of Honor.
4- Staircase of honor.
5- Dungeon.
6- Clock Tower.
7- Tour of the Chapels.
8- Large chapel.
10- Southwest Tower.
11- Panelery.
12- Hall of feasts.
13- Tour of the Artillery.
14- Welcome.
15- Pantry.
16- Echansonnerie.
17- Panelery.
18- Saucerie.
19- Fruiteries.
20- Lower court.
21- Tour Marie.
22- Tour.
23- Stair tower

       

The Chapelle of Tarascon (on the map 8)

Here is the Electors dining room.

    

         

      

                                                    1987                        Left photo is the same angle as the middle one but zoomed in. 2015               2015  The opposite side               

        

                    Above: the dining room in Tarascon. It's hard to see the small door at the right of the big brown doors. The scene in Crossbow is zoomed in a lot.

A moment later the room with the scale and voting in Montmajour, Notre Dame.

Election room at Montmajour

And the last part of the episode, during the official elections is in Montmajour. A bigger room. (see below)        

           

 

                                           Amnesty                                     The Electors     The Electors all together, one is missing, but his daughter is present to vote.

        

Change location from Tarascon to a larger room and other windows in Montmajour

      

Shots of the Farmhouse near Arles

Farmhouse Arles scenes in between (also part of the bakery place in Message from Geneve 43 plus Les Baux) Right below:  before the inner gate of Tarascon. The father and brother are dumped here by horse. Tell and the daughter of the missing Elector are climbing into the wagon and ride into Tarascon to be there just before the Elections are held.

         

To keep it simple ;) The same switch tell goes from the farmhouse (where dad and brother lie) through the gardens of Tarascon suddenly again to the courtyard of Montmajour. Those are two different outdoor locations melted into one! There they enter the election room in Montmajour for the last part of the Electors, to bring the missing vote.

1987                                                                                 2016

    

The garden in opposite

   

The huge cypress tree is still there

 From Tarascon garden a second later to Montmajour

 

The internal porch again, before Tell enters, Gessler and the dukes did (a few rows photos above)

2015                                                                                  2015                    

     

Above and below the same door

         

 

The inner garden of Tarascon seemed to have a pond in the back, but in between 30 years there is built a bigger one.

                   

Montmajour shots in between, like they also do with the two rooms (dinner room first in Tarascon and later the voting in a room in Montmajour).

This is Montmajour courtyard!

     1987                                                                1987

    

 2015                                                            2015

    

Tell brings the daughter in as a prisoner and then gives her father's sword back to her to force Gessler to accept her father's vote.

          1987                                                                2015                                                      1987 look at the pillars

          

Determined to be her father's voice and to block Gessler's evil plan.

         

Tell incognito. He tries to bring the missing vote together with the daughter of the duke of Bern.

           

        

The dukes accepting her father's vote and they leave Gessler.

         

     This location is the ending scene of episode 44 The Electors.  

To compare:

Here you see Fritz and Tell (Amnesty 46) on their way to the Emperor to cede their weapons for 'love and peace' the same hall of Montmajour like above in The Electors 44.

1988                                                                      1988                                                                      2015         

         

And also entering the Dome of Montmajour.

Amnesty 46                                                       2015                                               The Electors 44

         

 Below: they other side of the impressive ancient hall of the courtyard of Montmajour, some extra photos.

         

              

         

 

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Inquisitor

In Montmajour (Episode 45) The arrival of the Inquisitor

           

We have no idea about this path above... probably close to Montmajour abbey.

           

Above: the baroness fell off her horse, Tell went into the forest looking for the truth and found Edward, the man who was going to protect her. Probably the forest around moulin Daudet.

 

The main entrance Montmajour (is A on the map)

The scene below is recorded just above A

Below: There are two entrances at the North side of Montmajour This one below, the main one and another porch with an iron gate. This gate can be seen in the beginning and the end of double episode: Bloodbrothers 47 and the end of Betrayal 48 where Tell gets his horse back from the boy and rides out of season 2.

2015 The Inquisitor 45

         

   The baroness fell off her horse, Tell went into the forest looking for the truth and found the man who was going to protect her.

To compare:  left below: Bloodbrothers 47. Chasing the gold, early in the morning Montmajour in front of the entrance.

         

I believe the west forest of Montmajour is too rocky and small. Most likely the forest scenes were filmed a few miles further in the fields around the mills of Daudet, Sourdon and Ramet.

Forest of the mills Daudet and Sourdon

Tell looking for the witness Edward. There is not a large forest west of Montmajour and the castle is surrounded by meadows and marshland. It's likely they filmed a few miles further in the forest of the mills of Daudet and Sourdon.

      

 

In the crypt, Montmajour

Someone is listening.. episode  45

         

         

 

The Dome of Montmajour

In the dome of Montmajour are also filmed episodes: Inquisitor 45, Amnesty 46, Blood brothers 47 and Betrayal 48!

The lie detector of the inquisitor

 

  Pictures of the dome of Montmajour to compare other episodes

    

 

 2015                                   1987 Bloodbrothers 47 and Betrayal 48                                1987 The Electors episode 44

         

         

 

Inquisitor 45 (Feodor Atkine) in Dome of Montmajour east wing.

                 

The witness Edward is killed by Gessler. Tell needs to prove it and takes the body of Edward to the court to show the origin of the arrow.

Notre Dame Montmajour and it's east wing.

         

         

         

 

Same place in Amnesty 46 and Betrayal 48 (middle), Notre Dame Montmajour

         

    

Tarascon in episode 46 Amnesty 

Hall of feasts

(also the hall near the Elector's room in ep. The Electors)

Gessler's first introduction to the Emperor's changed point of view. He took outlaw Fritz to prison and shouted at the guard: 'Throw away the key!'

Then the guard wispers: 'love and peace.' Gessler is confused and wants to speak to the Emperor.

         

    

 

1987  Tarascon, attached to the courtyard, strangely shaped window     2015 Seen from the courtyard      2015             

            

 Below attached to the courtyard of Tarascon. Both photos are in the same room but from a different angle. The right wall is behind Gessler.

 

The courtyard of Tarascon

He brings Errol a flower and frees him. Below: gueststar: cute little owl on the seat of the Emperor.

    

Outlaw Errol is supposed to be executed. Then he shouts out loud: 'Long live William Tell!' People around are shocked. The Emperor thinks a while and seems to be touched by it.

         

 

     1988                                                                    2015                                                                            1988

         

   1988 The emperor changes and sets all outlaws free, below Fritz who gets a flower from the Emperor  2015 Gessler is not certain of his job anymore and can't make the same change as the emperor. He has a plan.        

The liberation of Errol and many others   

                            

 

Inside the room of the Emperor

Tarascon, attached to the narrow courtyard. Through the window you can see the high steep walls of the courtyard. Beautiful stained glass windows.

     

1887                                                                                                           2015

    

             

                     1989                                                                  1989                                                                        2015                        

         

Inside Tarascon

             

           

The square, the courtyard Tarascon

Tell visits the meeting

1987                                                              2015

        

 One by one they are liberated from prison by the Emperor. Gessler sees with horror what is happening in front of him outside.

                                                    1987                                                                      1987      2015 They are in front of the left window above the arcade.

         

        The Emperor speeches: 'every outlaw doesn't have to flee and can have protection by the Emperor.' Under one condition; most famous outlaw William Tell has to come first. The Emperor will ask him for forgiveness and love.

Later the Emperor is worried Tell doesn't come. He knows Tell is strong but he also knows there is a high pressure on him to come. Then Gessler bets his life on it so he makes a plan to show the Emperor Tell can not be trusted. Gessler visits Tell to make sure he will come.

       Extra photos of the some what claustrophobic courtyard of Tarascon. It's very high and small so there isn't much light. The stones turned grey. It think this process goes quicker because the sun can't dry the stones.

         

The architecture is gothic, but for me too claustrophobic. Chateau Tarascon has also a garden with a pond which is more open and inside it's very tall! From the towers you have a great view to chateau Beaucaire and the Rhone and it's environment.

    

      

In the left part (southern square towers) is the steep courtyard, the wall at the north is much lower and in there is a small garden with a pond.

       

Everybody waits for a sign of you William. I would do it for you all but there is one thing: It could be a trap and Gessler can not be trusted. That moment Gessler walks into the Outlaw place and said: 'I say you can!' And comes with his plan to make the emperor's plan succeed and try to convince Tell. Tell is still suspicious but the pressure of all the people is very high.

 

Montmajour

   

Outlaws liberated

The ruines of St. Maur Montmajour

All former outlaws do visit Tell here, then the shots go to the outlaw roof a few yards further in Montmajour, the roof above the main entrance. Later more about St Maur.

         

Tell asked: How did you escape? Errol: The Emperor freed me. Tell: What? Come sit down and tell about it. Tell; once and outlaw always an outlaw in this country. '

    

Tell: 'I'm suprised Gessler allowed it.' Errol: he didn't, he was there.  Later when Fritz showed also up and Tell asked again if Gessler was there. Fritz: 'sure he was and what was he furious!' that answer confuses Tell. But he goes to the statement - meeting to hear more. The messenger of the Emperor speaks to the people. 'All outlaws will be granted amnesty

The roof of Montmajour - the outlaw meetingpoint in Amnesty 46.

     1988                                                                             2015              

    

 

A special guest

                                                 Scene: Just when Tell says Gessler can not be trusted Gessler walks in and said: 'yes you can.'     

                                                             1988                                                   2015 The 'outlaw roof' filmed from the other side (photos are taken from the tower).    

         

 

Gessler gave Tell a secret Crossbow. Gessler promised the emperor he would destroy his weapons too and he tried to convince Tell he wanted a world of peace.

          

 

  Saint-Maur Montmajour,  Kalash's place

Also the same place Tell welcomed his outlaw friends in this episode (3 rows of pictures pictures above).

'Kalash the turk' works on a the secret weapon.

Tell gets this secret weapon from Gessler and when he has to collect his weapon, he has to assure Gessler he brings this weapons with him. Tell wants to know who made the weapon.

2016

                  

Below: Tell and they outlaws consulting an expert to find out who made this weapon. He tells them it's made from Arabian Steel, possibly by Kalash the turk, one day ride to the river

         

         

 The place the secret small crossbow is made of Arabian steel by Kalash.  It is the ruins of abbaye Saint-Maur Montmajour.

 Gessler and Horst visit this place to meet Kalash. The place is not open to the public. That's a pity. Some parts are dangerous. It will be stabilized and a part will be opened in 2021.

         

When they arrive (from the outlaw roof of Montmajour to a few yards next of it at St. Maure) to verify Tell finds Arabian steel and the maker is killed by an arrow of Horst.

    

NOTE: This episode 46 'Amnesty' has also a confusing switch between Montmajour and Tarascon.  (Episode 44 The Electors has too! ) The emperor has two seats!

1 The collecting of weapons and Gessler's attacks on the Emperor. The collecting of weapons and the attack is in abbey Montmajour

2 The scenes in between with the Emperor and his mother and all the visits Gessler brings to the Emperor are in Tarascon.

Tarascon chateau, 1 of 2 seats of the emperor (also Montmajour in this episode). They are testing their secret weapon too (recognize the window of Tarascon below).

         

The emperor, Gessler can't stand him, but he decides to pretend and makes a plan.  

The attack, Montmajour - amnesty

The collecting of weapons and the attack on the Emperor.

The attack on the emperor by Gessler is stopped by Tell. Both had small hidden crossbows on their arms.

        

          

A spark of hope for a world of 'love and peace'

The attack on the emperor by Gessler stopped by Tell.

           

While collecting the weapons Gessler attacks the emperor. Tell quickly grabbed his weapon out of the fire to protect himself against Gessler's men.

            

     Conclusion: Evil and peace do not go together. The emperor says thanks to Tell

Below the seat of the emperor in Tarascon (Amnesty 46)

(above was the other seat of the Emperor at Montmajour, now the second seat, home of the Emperor) The room Gessler looks out of the window when the Emperor liberate the prisoners.

                                                   2016                                                                  1987                                                                  1987                                                   

       

A lesson for Gessler: 'My dear Governor, there are bees among my flowers, they spread pollen, but they also sting.'  So episode Amnesty closes.

        

 

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47 Bloodbrothers 

filmed in Montmajour and the fields around it and moulin Daudet and Sourdon.

In fact this episode starts with the boy looking at the wagon with the gold. Recorded in St. Maure (part of Montmajour). Below more. First: Gessler meets his brother in the Dome of Montmajour and the second time with the emperor in the crypt of Montmajour.             

        

Gessler found out the gold is missing and met his brother.

           

              

They stand in the dome of Montmajour in front of Gessler's bedroom (not decorated yet) where Gessler gets his nightmare later in this episode.

         

Gessler's brother wants an introduction to the emperor in exchange for the delivery of Tell.

    

In the Crypt. After Gessler introduces his brother to the emperor, Gessler later gets suspicious about his brother.

The brother wins the trust of the emperor. The emperor and his brother want to get rid of Gessler, they are making jokes about it: when Gessler is gone, they don't have to change the official seal.

         

             

Gessler's brother misleads Gessler and William Tell. In the meantime Gesslers brother tries to influence Tell.

           

  Saint-Maur

Part of Montmajour, you can see it below at the left side (west of the abbey).

     

The Maurist monastery (18th century)

The forbidden place in Montmajour west. From the entrance and first floor which leads to the also forbidden and ruined part of the abbey St. Maure of Montmajour. The ruined Maurist Monastery was built in the classical Piranesian style on a huge scale; the building was originally five stories high, covering eight thousand square meters, with sixty windows and two grand staircases. The monks, lay brothers and novices lived on the top two floors, with their library, classrooms and archives. The building was largely demolished after the French Revolution for its building materials. The room is closed to the public may not enter. They are thinking about renovating around 2021.  

    

In the back the terrasses of St. Maur.  The boy is walking on one of the terrases in the left in front of St Maur.

       1987 seen from the outside of the monastery                                2015 seen from the inside           

    

From the terrace you can see the gate. The boy and his sister Bridget are living in the ruines of St. Maur against the monastery, just a it up on a hill. The boy sees the soldiers approaching and takes a look but he dropped his bread. Then he gets in trouble.

      

1987    The boy coincidently dropped his bread in the inner place and walks down to get it.            2015

         

  Below: The door to the abbaye of Saint-Maur and it's terrasses.

                  1988                                                                          2015

         

          

The soldiers do not tolerate prying eyes. There is an important mission to transport the gold of the emperor. 

         

The boy manages to escape but the soldiers follow him. Then Tell gives a helping hand.

Tell brings the boy 'home.' But some people do expect them....      

       

 

           

 

This arty pine tree spot is filmed many times in this episode. The boy is pointing it as his home.

It also could be mills of Daudet area (a few miles away). A beautiful nature reserve with many pine trees, ancient mills and rocky grounds.

         

In the back at the horizon a kind of church tower.. a village or part of St. Maur?

    

         

    

Tell takes the boy home

    

Livingroom St. Maure

2016                            1988 Bridget and the boy are standing in front of the fireplace                          2016

          

 

The Stranger

The boy walks home and the soldiers are waiting there for Tell. While the Crossbow is pointed at Tell, a strange noise comes from outside.

         

One of the Soldiers takes a look. He immediately gets killed by an arrow. Then Tell has to take a look... a person arises out of the mist.

The man said: 'Good evening' and just passes Tell and and walk straight at Wolf. Wolf becomes pretty nervous of the guy who shot his companion already.

         

Remarkable: In a split second it's dark.  (it never stroke me but when I made some stills I stroke me).

  The stranger lets the soldiers run away. The stranger is vague in all answers, like who he is and where he comes from. That creates mistrust.

        

 

                                                                                            1987                                                                               2016

         

Unfortunately there are no photos of the next room (above)

        The characteristic door with a block out of the doorpost.

         

The place is very dangerous nowadays. It's unbelievable they were able (and allowed) to gallop out there with a lot of heavy horses in a large abbey hall (below the terras is a building) The floors don't look very stable nowadays...there are holes in it. But 30 years ago it was in a better condition/state.         

Bedroom next to the livingroom, St. Maur

   2016                                  Bridget is cold and she doesn't dare to trust the stranger                                     1987           

             

           

 

 

The sudden attack

Boy: Briget, the black knights are back. Briget: 'Run! Run to the forest!'

         

The door with the recognizable blocks missing out of the doorpost.

                     1987                                                                               1987                                                            2016

         

   

     1987                                                                        2016                                                                        2016 

         

 

From the 'outlaw roof' to the ruines of Saint-Maur, Montmajour (only the right picture below: Amnesty) the other pictures: Bloodbrothers and Betrayal

         

1987

2016                                                                                                     2016                                     

     

The soldiers are riding in and see the boy and Bridget flee. They follow Bridget.

Right below: the three doors in a row.

         

Bridget tries to reach a horse

This would have been a perfect scene for a music clip of Enya.         

         

She succeeded to reach a horse but she is noticed. They hunt her down.

         

                 Bridget has trouble to control the wild horse...

Below from Montmajour to the fields around the mill of Daudet, a few miles east of Montmajour.

    

 

St. Maur from the south side.

    

     

 

Saint-Maur

(The Maurist monastery (18th century)

The ruined Maurist Monastery was built in the classical Piranesian style on a huge scale; the building was originally five stories high, covering eight thousand square meters, with sixty windows and two grand staircases. The monks, lay brothers and novices lived on the top two floors, with their library, classrooms and archives. The building was largely demolished after the French Revolution for its building materials

 

Tell lets the grain return to the owners

The farmers return

         

     Nobody has to starve this winter. Bridget is riding away to find out if Gessler's brother can be trusted.

She finds out he is not. She hears a chat between Horst and him.

    

      

     While making stills I found out I knew this shots.. I've seen them in the plague. With Katrina running with young Matthew. She was in the Plague and this riders were exact the same. It seems Ian, Horst's brothers on the horse. The environment of the chasing shots (after Bridget) doesn't fit and I havent'seen the church and this mountains around Montmajour and Daudet. If this is true then this short shots are made around Ain.

                              Plague season 1                                                     Betrayed 47                                    betrayed 47 season 2  perhaps darker filter

         

   Below: Betrayed 48...for me this doesn't fit in the environment they were for episode Betrayed 47.  That explains the other landscape and the church

         

 

To Compare episode filmed in St. Maur

Also parts of episode Amnesty filmed in Saint-Maur Montmajour

                    

 The place the secret small crossbow is made of Arabian steel by Kalash. This week I found out It is the ruins of abbaye Saint-Maur Montmajour.

 Gessler and Horst visited this place to meet Kalash. The place is not open to the public. That's a pity. Some parts are dangerous.

It will be stabilized and a part will be opened in 2021.

         

 

To Compare

Outlaws Geswin and Fritz finally freed by the emperor. Tell is suprised Gessler allowed it, but Fritz said Gessler was furious. So tries to trust the emperor but he doesn't trust Gessler.

But Tell shall collect his weapon like everyone.

         

 

Other beautiful photos of this place

This part will be restored and sure will change and we don't know yet in which way. So enjoy this rare photos.

    

Wonderful location

    

    

 

         

 

St. Maur form the North.  Above these photos are copyright of the French monuments.

       

 

The Nightmare

 Gessler's nightmare is a signal that nobody can be trusted in episode 47 Bloodbrothers

         2015 On the altar of the crypt         Gessler's predictive nightmare about Horst turning against him (east wing of the dome Montmajour)

           

Above: Gessler tied up by Horst. This Nightmare shot is shot in the centre of the crypt of montmajour.

Below Gessler's bedroom is in the dome of Montmajour, eastwing.

         

Gessler: 'I saw myself in sleep forever...'

    

 

The gold wagon - Bloodbrother 47

The fields of Moulins Alphone Daudet, Ramet and Sourdon.

At the fields of Moulin Daudet. Daudet had a roof during the filming of Crossbow. Moulin Sourdon and Ramet did not.The fields around this mills, are very close to Montmajour. A perfect place for the forest of 'Inquisitor forest' (where the witness Edward is hiding and the place of the hunt on the treasury/Gold wagon in episode bloodbrothers). During that episode It's also the place the older sister (Bridget) is hiding on her horse against the blackknight. It can be around west of Montmajour too but there isn't much space though they make you believe It's next to Montmajour. Montmajour has a small forest at the westside but that is rocky and below It has a huge private orchard). Around Montmajour are meadows with Camargue horses in it.

Below and above the same place in front of abbay of Montmajour

The leave of the treasurywagon with gessler's gold. From the front of Montmajour to the fields of the mill of Daudet, a few miles east / north east of Montmajour

 

Shots from the front of Montmajour

To Compare

                                                                       Bloodbrother ep.47                                                     Inquisitor ep.

       

The end scene of ep. Betrayal 48

    

Just leaving Montmajour. The busy road in the front is via this camera angle not visible. I think they choose the early morning just because of this road and the noises. It looks like they are riding right into the fields. Though the field is 5 km further, free of road noises. But it looks great!

 

From Montmajour to the Mill of Daudet

possibly split into three locations...

The start in front of Abbey of Montmajour, then rocky field of Moulin Daudet (before restoring) and a greener field...

In front of abbey Montmajour, Tell and Gessler's brother following the wagon with gold. The field could be nearby but is not attached to the abbey.

         

To compare: Those two pictures of this forest is the same location.

   Beginning of episode Bloodbrothers 47                 almost the end of episode Bloodbrothers 47

    

 

The hunt on the wagon

I don't know what could be behind this wagon they try to hide...the parking place...the mill on a plateau behind the trees or a kind of castle wall... I don't know

    

Then the fields near Alphonso Daudet a few miles further. Enough space in a nature reserve.

The rocky field is possibly found. The parking place behind in combination with the mill (look at the white car behind, It can be seen in a split second).

        

         

Two locations?

 The greeny landscape is near a church with a sharp bell tower that shouldn't be hard to find and is still missing (shots also in one of the first episodes, perhaps this in between shots were filmed long before, perhaps around Haute-Savoie?)
 

   

                                                                                                                   The rocks in the back are not around here

    

         

       But a fan told me that there might be two location a green misty one and a rocky dry one. Look at it yourself. But ancient mills in the back at both shots.

Good stunt!

 Easily alternating between foggy green meadows and the sunny rocky paths near the windmill and that in a second.

   

     Nowadays the grounds at mill of Daudet are pretty bushy with many trees and less fields. The rocky place looks like parts around Daudet, The green places must be more from a distance. Some of this greener fields became private property. Below also the greener fields with a mill in the back.

         

              

Bloodbrothers 47, first part of the double episode is ending here. Gessler's brother takes the gold and goes to the Emperor with it.

   

Though the fields are not very open, nowadays there is a private field nearby with a small lake. From that open place It could be possible to see those mills in the back.

  

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48 Betrayal

The last episode of season 2

Gessler's brother says goodbye and goes to the Emperor. Bridget follows Gessler's brother and find out he set a trap for Tell.

    

 

The Entrance of Montmajour.

The grain

Before Tell goes to the Emperor he gives back the stolen grain to the farmers. Montmajour again Episode 48 Betrayal

         

Nowadays the stair leads to a plateau. 

Below: Stairs to nowhere.  In Crossbow they built a silo for the grain and a wooden bridge to get into the left room of abbey St-Maure. Episodes: Blood brothers and Betrayal 

         

 Left picture below with the two doors: this is a new floor (in Crossbow they made a wooden construction attached to the silo) Nowadays the stairs have a handrail and a first floor attached.

Below: You can compare the middle with the right photo, only the door post is still recognizable, It's restored. The left door is still in the same state but unfortunately closed.  One row further below: the two doors.

1989 Stairs to nowhere. In Crossbow they made a wooden platform                      in between                                               2016 a new plateau                                   

        

 

1987                                                                 2015                                                                    1987

The left door is still the same, the right doorpost too but the door itself changed completely. There is a new floor in front of it, there wasn't one.

           

  

1988   Tell stands on the stairs                                                     2015                                                                           2015                  

           

 Above: Tell stands on the stairs throwing bags to the farmers so they can fill them with grain. The small porch hasn't changed much over the years.

  2015                                 1988 on the stairs under the huge arcade of Montmajour                             2015  A new plateau 

         

      

                                1988         The room is in here. To the public forbidden, because it gives entrance to St. Maur and that is a dangerous place.  2015

              

    Above. The best part of the ruines of the abbey of Saint-Maur in Montmajour. This part is closed to the public, perhaps to dangerous. More about St Maur below this site.

The abbey is noted for its 11th–14th-century graves, carved in the rock, its subterranean crypt, and its massive unfinished church. It was an important pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages, and in the 18th century it was the site of a large Maurist monastery, now in ruin. The abbey and the landscape around it were frequently painted and drawn by Vincent van Gogh. Today the ruins of the abbey are cared for as a historic monument by the Centre des monuments nationaux. Until the late Middle Ages, Montmajour was an island, 43 meters above the surrounding terrain, protected by marshes and accessible only by boat. As early as the 3rd millennium BC the island was used as a cemetery, with individual graves carved into the rock. In the 9th and 10th centuries the island also served as a sanctuary for the local residents during invasions of the Saracens and the Normans.

 

Compilation

           

    

To Compare 4 photos

1987 Tell entering Montmajour. The room is led to the emperor (below). Same place as Gessler's bedroom 2015 (right below)

        

The trap in 'Betrayal'

The place of Amnesty and the inquisitor, see below

    

Tell visits the Emperor. The chair of the Emperor is turned. Only a hand is visible. Tell: calls for the emperor and the answer he gets is Gessler's: 'Not yet'

         

Tell realizes a trap is set by Gessler and his brother. When Horst and Gessler's brother are arriving tell is not going to expect what will happen. But Tell found out Gessler is not a good hostice to bargain anymore, so he pushes Gessler into the direction of both and rushes away. Horst fires an arrow and throws his Crossbow to tell and Gessler but missed. Then the three go into the crypt of Montjamour abbey and later go up to the roof.

          

    

episode 48 Betrayal Montmajour

                       

The crypt of Montmajour in episode The Inquisitor and Betrayal

More photos of the crypt below in episode Betrayal

                              2016                                                                                  Inquisitor episode 45 around 1987

    

    1989                                                                         2016                                                                              1989 

         

              

 

Then they go to the crypt and the roof (episode Betrayal, last episode season 2)

The Crypt of St. Benedict (12th century) Montmajour

The crypt of St Benedict is partly dug into the rock of the hill and partly built of massive stone walls, perfectly cut. It features a transept with two absidioles, or small chapels, and a passage which leads to a small rotunda which is crowned with a cupola. The rotunda is surrounded by an ambulatory a tall, narrow hemicircular corridor with a stone barrel vault. On its outer side, the ambulatory opens into five radiating chapels, each with its own window catching the eastern light, and its own small barrel-vaulted choir bay and semi-domed apse. The large number of small chapels allowed the large number of monks in the monastery to quickly celebrate the morning mass. A striking feature of the crypt is the smooth quality of the stone work- the stones are perfectly cut and fitted, and their only texture is the slight rippling caused by dressing the stone with the help of a toothed hammer.

    

         

The 12th century crypt. Forming the lower part of the abbey-church, the crypt is hewn into the rock on It's southern side and It's northern sections are built of freestone, thereby compensating for the incline in the rock and serving as foundation for the monastery. It's main architectural features include the solid walls, the wide sweeping choir and the imposing thickness of the semi circulair arches over the transept. A legacy from Roman antiquity, these elements characterise the burgeoning of a Provencal Romanesque style in the 12th century. The perfectly dressed stones testify to the quarries remarkable expertise. Certain stones bear capital letters which were the marks of stonecutters, brotherhoods or jobbers. The seven chapels of the crypte were dedicated to liturgy, celebration of private masses and funeral services, Thus a direct acces led to the cemetery which encircles the chevet apse. Below: a very tensed episode!

The centre of the crypt

  1988                                                                    2015                                                                             2015

       

 

To Compare the episode of the crypt location:

                                 2015                                                        Betrayal 1987, Gessler's nightmare

   

              The Inquisitor                                      Betrayal                                                Betrayal                                                   Betrayal                         

            

    

 

The tension continues...

1988                                                                                              2015

            

  2015                                                                 1987                                                                              1987                   

         

An exciting scene till the end!

       

 

         

 

    

 

    

             

                                                           1987                                                                                     2015                                                                                         

     

 

    

      

1987                                                                                            2015

    

                         

Extra photos of this beautiful place, especially when the lights are on.

   

         

         

       

                1988                                                                            1988                                                                    2015                     

         

Then they are going up on the roof of Montmajour

       

The roof Montmajour

           2015                                        1987 Then the badly wounded Gessler also takes the stairs up and doesn't give up.   1987                         

         

Above: Exciting to the end. Gessler versus Tell on the roof and they both fall off.

    

 

The Fall

of both enemies

               

                    

Below: a huge hole in the wall (beyond the arcade) In 1987 was grass growing at the courtyard. This gave it a more natural look.

    

Gessler's brother has a bit energy left to throw a knife at Gessler  1987 Grass has been replaced by stones, I think a pretty les color contrast less natural. 2015 

                  

 

         

 

1987                                                                   2015                                                                     1987

         

                                            

The second gate of Montmajour

Laying also at the north side and has a huge iron fence. Even when the Chateau was closed you have a great view through it.

Below: the entrance with the iron fence.

         

Tell rides out of Montmajour and out of season 2.  Leaving Montmajour. The same fence.

                  1987                                                                         2015

      

This Montmajour arcade is huge!

     

               

                   1987                                                                             2015 the porch below right from the stairs

    

The two characteristic trees didn't change at all in 30 years! The right one looks bigger, that's because the shot is taken closer. Some trees are so recognizable! Like the high Pinetree next to chateau Pouzilhac and Boulbon.

1987  the end of the last episode of season 2                                    2016 left tree                                                right tree2016                         

         

The Eind of season 2!

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Extra about the Abbey Montmajour

Rock Cemetery (11th-14th century)

The rocky slope near St. Peter's Chapel has more than a dozen tombs cut into the rock in the shape of human bodies, with places for the head, shoulders and feet. The more recent tombs (14th century) were rectangular, and were probably covered with stone slabs. Most of the tombs are oriented with the feet toward the east, the direction of the sunrise and the Resurrection. In the tombs live small creatures, the Triops.

        

        

Today the ruins of the abbey are cared for as a historic monument by the Centre des monuments nationaux.

The cloister (12th century)

The cloister was built to the south of the church. It was meant to reinforce the walls of the first four bays of the church, but these bays were never built. It is rectangular, 27 meters long and 24 meters wide. In the center is a cistern which collected rainwater through pipes and channels from the roofs of the monastery buildings. The north gallery is the oldest part of the cloister. The traverse arches are supported by brackets decorated with carvings of real and mythological beasts, including a tarasque. Some of the foliage-decorated columns show human heads looking through the foliage. The original sculpted capitals were repaired in the 19th century. At the beginning of the east gallery is the tomb of the Counts of Provence, built to hold the remains of Count Raymond Berenger IV (died 1181). The only original Romanesque capitals are in this arcade, representing the Temptation of Christ by a small devil with flaming hair; on the other side is an acrobat performing splits, and an apple, the symbol of temptation. The west gallery was extensively altered by the Maurist monks in the 18th century, but the brackets have some of the most vivid carvings, showing the Mistral wind, the moon, the sun and fire, and a mythical amphibious beast devouring a man. It also has 13th century graffiti depicting sailing ships and horses. The south gallery is the most recent, and the carvings are the most realistic; a donkey, a monkey, a camel and an eagle are depicted on the brackets, and the columns show the Annunciation the crowning of the Virgin, and knights fighting. The Chapter House was connected with the east gallery- here the monks gathered each morning to hear a chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict followed by a brief teaching on it by the abbot, and also discussed the management of the abbey. It is lit by a single oculus, or round window, and connected with the nave and by a stairway to the dormitory. The Refectory, or dining room, connected with the south gallery through a Romanesque door decorated with a grotesque head of Tantalus, The dormitory of the monks occupied the entire floor over the refectory, and was connected to it by two staircases. The west gallery formerly connected to the cellar, bakery, bread oven, and guest rooms, which no longer exist.

Below a view over the marshy field with Camarque horses around Montmajour.

     

Montmajour Abbey, formally the Abbey of St. Peter in Montmajour (French: Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Montmajour), was a fortified Benedictine monastery built between the 10th and 18th centuries on what was originally an island five kilometers north of Arles, in what is now the Bouches-du-Rhône Department, in the region of Provence in the south of France.

        

The abbey complex consists of six sections: 1.The hermitage, dating from the 11th century, which includes the Chapel of St. Peter; 2. The cloister, built during the 12th and 13th centuries; 3. The adjacent Chapel of the Holy Cross, built during the 12th century; 4. The fortified Monastery of St. Peter, built during the 14th century; 5. The Tower of Abbot Pons de l'Orme, dating from the same period; 6. The Maurist monastery, built in the 17th century.

The abbey is noted for its 11th–14th-century graves, carved in the rock, its subterranean crypt, and its massive unfinished church. It was an important pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages, and in the 18th century it was the site of a large Maurist monastery, now in ruin. The abbey and the landscape around it were frequently painted and drawn by Vincent van Gogh.

            

Until the late Middle Ages, Montmajour was an island, 43 meters above the surrounding terrain, protected by marshes and accessible only by boat. As early as the 3rd millennium BC the island was used as a cemetery, with individual graves carved into the rock. In the 9th and 10th centuries the island also served as a sanctuary for the local residents during invasions of the Saracens and the Normans. During the Middle Ages, several legends arose about Montmajour and its founding. One legend said that the island had been the sanctuary of St. Trophimus, who had been sent from Rome by St. Peter to convert the Gauls.

After coming to Arles in 46 AD, he took shelter in one of the caves on the island and received disciples there. A rock cell under the church is called "The Confessional of St. Trophimus." Until 943 the island belonged to the Church of St. Trophime in Arles. Another legend said that the graves were those of soldiers of Charlemagne, who had fought against the Saracens. A third legend said that the first church was founded by King Childebert I, the son of Clovis, when he saw the fervor of a group of hermits on the island. Not much changed only the pillars got restored and the grass changed into stones of the same color of the wall. Personally grass makes a better contrast with the abbey.

Crypt of St Benedict (12th century)

The crypt of St Benedict is partly dug into the rock of the hill and partly built of massive stone walls, perfectly cut. It features a transept with two absidioles, or small chapels, and a passage which leads to a small rotunda which is crowned with a cupola. The rotunda is surrounded by an ambulatory a tall, narrow hemicircular corridor with a stone barrel vault. On its outer side, the ambulatory opens into five radiating chapels, each with its own window catching the eastern light, and its own small barrel-vaulted choir bay and semi-domed apse. The large number of small chapels allowed the large number of monks in the monastery to quickly celebrate the morning mass. A striking feature of the crypt is the smooth quality of the stone work- the stones are perfectly cut and fitted, and their only texture is the slight rippling caused by dressing the stone with the help of a toothed hammer.

The tower

         

    

   

Extras photos

1978 Crossbow is filmed here for a few weeks.     

Montmajour is versatile!

           

               

MONTMAJOUR

The cloister (12th century)

The cloister was built to the south of the church. It was meant to reinforce the walls of the first four bays of the church, but these bays were never built. It is rectangular, 27 meters long and 24 meters wide. In the center is a cistern which collected rainwater through pipes and channels from the roofs of the monastery buildings.

The north gallery is the oldest part of the cloister. The traverse arches are supported by brackets decorated with carvings of real and mythological beasts, including a tarasque. Some of the foliage-decorated columns show human heads looking through the foliage. The original sculpted capitals were repaired in the 19th century.

At the beginning of the east gallery is the tomb of the Counts of Provence, built to hold the remains of Count Raymond Berenger IV (died 1181). The only original Romaneque capitals are in this arcade, representing the Temptation of Christ by a small devil with flaming hair; on the other side is an acrobat performing splits, and an apple, the symbol of temptation. The west gallery was extensively altered by the Maurist monks in the 18th century, but the brackets have some of the most vivid carvings, showing the Mistral wind, the moon, the sun and fire, and a mythical amphibious beast devouring a man. It also has 13th century graffiti depicting sailing ships and horses. The south gallery is the most recent, and the carvings are the most realistic; a donkey, a monkey, a camel and an eagle are depicted on the brackets, and the columns show the Annunciation the crowning of the Virgin, and knights fighting. The Chapter House was connected with the east gallery- here the monks gathered each morning to hear a chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict followed by a brief teaching on it by the abbot, and also discussed the management of the abbey. It is lit by a single oculus, or round window, and connected with the nave and by a stairway to the dormitory. The Refectory, or dining room, connected with the south gallery through a Romanesque door decorated with a grotesque head of Tantalus, The dormitory of the monks occupied the entire floor over the refectory, and was connected to it by two staircases. The west gallery formerly connected to the cellar, bakery, bread oven, and guest rooms, which no longer exist.

Rock Cemetery (11th-14th century)

The rocky slope near St. Peter's Chapel has more than a dozen tombs cut into the rock in the shape of human bodies, with places for the head, shoulders and feet. The more recent tombs (14th century) were rectangular, and were probably covered with stone slabs. Most of the tombs are oriented with the feet toward the east, the direction of the sunrise and the Resurrection.

During the Middle Ages, several legends arose about Montmajour and its founding. One legend said that the island had been the sanctuary of St. Trophimus, who had been sent from Rome by St. Peter to convert the Gauls. After coming to Arles in 46 AD, he took shelter in one of the caves on the island and received disciples there. A rock cell under the church is called "The Confessional of St. Trophimus." Until 943 the island belonged to the Church of St. Trophime in Arles. Another legend said that the graves were those of soldiers of Charlemagne, who had fought against the Saracens. A third legend said that the first church was founded by King Childebert I, the son of Clovis, when he saw the fervor of a group of hermits on the island.

Some photos around the Courtyard

         

Below: There was a narrow passage to two locked doors. The big walls and typical doors let me think about The Alchemist room....I think this place inspired...

                  

    

 

   

Tarascon is agreeably situated on the left bank of the Rhone, directly opposite to Beaucaire, with which it is connected by a bridge of boats; the river being too wide and rapid to admit of any other description of bridge being built over it; even some of the boats are frequently carried away when the NW wind blows very strong; as there is no parapet to protect the traveller, it is not safe to pass over in a carriage if the weather be bolsterous. At the top of the castle there is a platform commanding a fine view of the Rhone.

The River Rhône marked the border between Languedoc, a province of the Kingdom of France, and the County of Provence; Louis II thought better to protect his side of the river from attacks coming from Beaucaire, although he was a cousin of the King of France. below Beaucare in opposite of Tarascon.

 

Castle of Tarascon: (left) Cour d'honneur; (right) niche with busts of King René I and Jeanne de Laval, his second wife, and the Latin inscription "These demi-gods, made illustrious by the French lilies and by the Cross, advance side by side towards Heaven". The cross in the coat of arms is that of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, René being a claimant to it. The busts were not originally made for the niche

Castle of Tarascon: (left) reliefs on the ground floor; (centre) chapel; (right) graffiti by soldiers

In 1480 King René passed away. Charles IV, Duke of Anjou, his nephew and successor died in the following year and he bequeathed Provence and his claims to the Kingdom of Naples to King Louis XI of France, whose son Charles VIII in 1494 led an army to the conquest of Naples and in doing so he began a series of eleven wars between France and Spain for the hegemony over Italy.
The Castle of Tarascon lost its importance, both from a military viewpoint and as a royal residence. It continued to house a garrison, but mainly because it was turned into a military prison and it was not upgraded to the requirements of cannon warfare.

In 1840 the Castle was enlisted among the monuments of France warranting protection, but it was not until 1926 that the prison was closed and the military left it. In 1933, after a major effort to bring it back to its assumed XVth century aspect, it was opened to the public. Parts of wooden ceilings which were decorated with fantastic animals were discovered in the main halls of the Royal Apartments.

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