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Notre Dame of Paris – Medieval Cathedral

By |2019-04-16T12:33:32-07:00July 31st, 2017|History|

Notre Dame of Paris (1160s AD) Why did Sully build Notre Dame? It was 1160 AD, a hundred years after Matilda built the Abbaye aux Dames in Caen, and about the same time as they were building the new cathedral at Laon. The Bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, decided that Paris should also have a big [...]

Chartres cathedral – inside the church

By |2019-03-16T09:35:19-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Chartres nave Inside Chartres cathedral 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. [...]

Caen – Abbaye aux Dames

By |2019-01-16T11:28:12-07:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Caen - Abbaye aux Dames What is the Abbaye aux Dames? Matilda of Flanders ordered her architects to build this Christian church about 1050 AD in her capital at Caen. (Find out why.) The Abbaye aux Dames is a great example of the Romanesque style of medieval European architecture. Who's Matilda of Flanders? What's the Romanesque style? All our medieval [...]