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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The early 12th-century church of St. Front, Périgueux is a close copy either of San Marco in Venice or its model the Holy Apostles (destroyed) in Constantinople. Such a connection can only mean that the patrons were embarking on a bid to have Saint Front, a shadowy figure who converted the region in antiquity, raised to a status equivalent to that of the Apostles themselves. This bid was probably inspired because the church was one of the pilgrimage sites on the route to the Cathedral of Sant…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The early 12th-century church of St. Front, Périgueux is a close copy either of San Marco in Venice or its model the Holy Apostles (destroyed) in Constantinople. Such a connection can only mean that the patrons were embarking on a bid to have Saint Front, a shadowy figure who converted the region in antiquity, raised to a status equivalent to that of the Apostles themselves. This bid was probably inspired because the church was one of the pilgrimage sites on the route to the Cathedral of Sant…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The seat of the Bishop of Orléans. The first building was burnt in 989. A second building, one of the biggest in France, was built in the 11th-12th century, following the plan of the great pilgrimage churches. Partly collapsed in 1278, only part of its foundations survive. The third cathedral was built between 1287 and 1530, with an interruption during the Hundred Years War. The cathedral is probably most famous for its association with Joan of Arc. The French heroine attended evening Mass in…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    This view seems to be a film negative.

    The present church was built between 1160 and 1230 at the initiative of Bishop Arnulf. From the outset, the architect conceived quadripartite rib vaults and flying buttresses. It is one of the earliest Gothic buildings in Normandy. The nave, quite austere, was inspired by the Gothic of the Ile-de-France, while the last parts built in the thirteenth century (the chevet, the lantern tower and the west facade) is the Norman style. In 1553, the south tower …

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The outer walls of the present cathedral of St Trophîme are normally assigned to the Carolingian period. The church was reconstructed with a nave and aisles in the Romanesque style during the first quarter of the 12th century, and a new Gothic choir was built in the mid-15th. The Romanesque sculpture can be divided into four distinct groups: the nave capitals, the façade and the north and east cloister galleries. The nave capitals, which derive from late antique Corinthian forms, have been da…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Pulpit visible on the right.

    Dedicated to St Pierre, Angoulême Cathedral is one of the most distinguished buildings in western France, despite having been heavily restored and altered in the 19th century by Paul Abadie. It was built in the first half of the 12th century, with a consecration in 1128 during the episcopacy of the legate Girard d'Angoulême. The church has a cruciform plan with an aisleless nave of three bays, a transept and choir with radiating, apsidal chapels. The nave and…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    It is an unusual building: the towers are grafted on to the fourth bay of the nave instead of being part of the façade; there is a 20th-century portal in the façade, but the four original portals open into the aisles; and two secondary apses project to the south at 90° to the nave. It originally comprised two separate churches oriented at right angles to one another. The nave is very high and Rayonnant in style. The cathedral possesses a large expanse of stained glass windows, dating from the…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The early 12th-century church of St. Front, Périgueux is a close copy either of San Marco in Venice or its model the Holy Apostles (destroyed) in Constantinople. Such a connection can only mean that the patrons were embarking on a bid to have Saint Front, a shadowy figure who converted the region in antiquity, raised to a status equivalent to that of the Apostles themselves. This bid was probably inspired because the church was one of the pilgrimage sites on the route to the Cathedral of Sant…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The construction of the Gothic cathedral began in 1273 and finished only in 1888 when the nave was connected to the belltower. It is noted for its Renaissance rood loft built in 1534 and for the fine, partly octagonal, bell tower. The tower is 205 ft high, the three lower storeys being Romanesque and the four upper ones Gothic. The main artistic works in the cathedral are the Renaissance rood screen, now moved to the western end of the nave, and the tomb of the bishop Jean de Langeac, with sc…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The height of the nave vault is 24 m. It is in four tiers, with clerestories and triforium under sexpartite vaulting.

    The cathedral of Notre-Dame is a classic example of Early Gothic architecture in France. Its five completed towers dominate the modern town. The earliest mention of a cathedral at Laon is in a poem by Alcuin of York (735-804). This structure was replaced by the present church. Laon Cathedral was accomplished in five major building campaigns. The central focus of the architect…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Pulpit on the left.

    A Norman-Romanesque cathedral (with later Gothic additions), located in the town of Bayeux. It is the seat of the Bishop of Bayeux. It was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry and is a national monument of France. The site is an ancient one and was once occupied by Roman sanctuaries. The present cathedral was consecrated on 14 July 1077 in the presence of William, Duke of Normandy and King of England. It was here that William forced Harold Godwinson to take the oath, …

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    1910-01-01
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