Romanesque Imagery - Symbols in the Monastery Church
The Romanesque art does not attach much importance to the outer appearance and its exact reproduction. It just provides comprehensible images which symbolically defer to the awakening and raising of the soul. Determined animals or natural phenomena are not exclusively considered real beings or sensuous perceptible appearances in first place, but they are images of a supernatural, ulterior, and eternal reality: e.g. the lion bears the door handles on the church portal. Symbolic meanings like this were traditionally passed on in the past. Today this tradition has almost been lost, but not forgotten. Search for traces in the monastery church!