National Geographic : 1937 Oct
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE C) National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by W. Robert Moore SHADY CLOISTERS OF A MEDIEVAL ABBEY OVERLOOK THE SUNNY PYRENEES A stiff half hour's climb from the village of Casteil brings puffing hikers to Saint-Martin-du Canigou, perched on a tiny plateau on the rocky side of Mont Canigou. Begun in 1001, the abbey has been skillfully restored and now serves in summer as a place of seclusion where men of the faith may spend eight-day retreats. Rudyard Kipling wrote of Canigou as a "magician among mountains . . Nothing that he could do or give birth to would now surprise me, whether I met Don Quixote himself riding in from the Spanish side, or all the chivalry of ancient France watering their horses at his stream."