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St. Germain des Pres – Paris

By |2018-04-15T16:50:50+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

St. Germain des Pres (Paris, 1000 AD) In 542 AD, the Merovingian king Childebert (Clovis' son) was fighting the Visigoths in Spain when he heard that the people of Saragossa were praying to St. Vincent to save them. Childebert decided not to fight people under the protection of a Christian saint, and the people were so grateful to be [...]

Rouen cathedral – medieval France

By |2017-07-31T10:03:41+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Rouen cathedral (begun 1202 AD) The people of Rouen, in northern France, decided to build themselves a new cathedral in 1200 AD, just after people started building Chartres cathedral, and only about forty years after they began building Laon Cathedral and Notre Dame in Paris. Rouen nave Unlike these other cathedrals, though, it took more than three hundred years to [...]

Chartres cathedral – inside the church

By |2017-07-30T17:22:30+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Chartres nave The architect started from the west end of the cathedral, at the nave. The builders built the nave very tall, the highest in France at that time - 120 feet. And, to keep the church from burning down again, they put on a stone roof instead of a wooden one. But a stone [...]

Amiens cathedral – medieval France

By |2018-04-14T12:42:35+00:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Façade of Amiens cathedral in France Amiens is not far from Reims, in northern France, and when the bishop of Reims began building a big new cathedral in 1211 AD, naturally the bishop of Amiens wanted one too. In fact, Bishop Evrard of Amiens was determined to have the biggest cathedral in France, so he built his nave 138 feet high - [...]