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Available since 2008, but still worth a look, this digital collection from Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library consists of nearly 800 photographs that document architectural sites in western and eastern Europe and the United Kingdom, that are associated with the Order of Premontre. The Order is a group of Roman Catholic priests, brothers, and sisters, founded by St. Norbert in the early 12th century. The order is also known as the Premonstratensians, Norbertines, or White Canons. The collection is searchable by country, location, dedication, keyword, or the Premonstratensian designation of circary - a geographic area encompassing several monasteries. For those unfamiliar with the Order, drop-down menus provide lists of all the terms under each category. For example, selecting St. John the Baptist from the list of dedications gets a set of 49 images of churches and religious buildings dedicated to this saint. Images in this search span from Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Amiens, France to a former Order house in Krakow, Poland, viewed from across the Vistula River. Many of the sites in the collection were originally constructed in the 12th century. The photographs date from the first half of the 20th century, before World War II, and are in many cases the only records of sites destroyed in the War.
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