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Spirit of the Ruins As the medieval abbey rose into view on the top of a rise, its ruins silhouetted against the sky, Lévy-Alban was instantly smitten. "I fell in love with the spirit of the place, the mystery, the big walls, the ruins," he says. "It was the week after Christmas—horribly gray, miserably cold—and I thought the property was wonderful." An 18th-c. terra-cotta statue of Bacchus.