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Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral

Aachen, DE

The Aachen Cathedral, built on the former Palatine Chapel of the Palace of Charlemagne (800-814), is the most important architectural example of the Carolingian Renaissance. The Aachen Cathedral is a heterogeneous structure, influenced by many stylistic epochs, characterized by numerous breaks and extensions. To symbolically anchor their reign in the wake of that of Charlemagne, a large portion of the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, between 936 and 1531, were crowned here.

Aarhus Cathedral

Aarhus Cathedral

Aarhus, DK

Aarhus Cathedral was built in the 13th century in Romanesque style. Damaged by a fire in 1330, the cathedral was rebuilt according to Gothic canons from the end of the 14th century until 1500.

Abbatiale Saint-Cesaire de, Maurs-la-Jolie

Maurs La Jolie, FR

The construction of a third abbey church in Maurs-la-Jolie was undertaken at the end of the 14th century after two destructions in the 11th and 12th centuries. The choir dates from the beginning of the 15th century (date 1406 on one of the stained glass windows), as does the western portal.

Saint-Etienne Abbey Church, Caen

Saint-Etienne Abbey Church, Caen

Caen , FR

The first church dates from the 10th century, with a Romanesque Benedictine choir, replaced in the 12th century by a Gothic choir. The majority of the building is dated between the 11th and 13th centuries.

Abbatiale Saint-Geraud, Aurillac

Aurillac, FR

Former Benedictine abbey which was the model for the one in Cluny. It was founded before 885 in Auvergne by Count Géraud d'Aurillac.

Abbaye aux Dames

Abbaye aux Dames

Saintes, FR

Established on the right bank of the river Charente, near the former funeral basilica of Bishop Pallais, it owes its foundation in 1047 to the Count of Anjou Geoffroy Martel and his wife Agnes of Burgundy. First women's abbey in Saintonge, the Benedictine moniales printed currency and had a taste for business.

Mègemont Abbey

Mègemont Abbey

Chassagne, FR

Former abbey of Mègemont, Cistercian abbey founded by the Counts of Auvergne in the 13th century (1274). Of the church, only the choir and the transept remain, in poor condition (the nave disappeared at the beginning of the 20th century). The monastery buildings retain rooms with vaulted arches and a room with stucco decorations.

Saint Georges de Saint-Martin Abbey, Boscherville

Saint Georges de Saint-Martin Abbey, Boscherville

Saint-Martin de Boscherville , FR

The building is essentially dated to the 12th and 13th centuries, which saw the nave, the choir, then the transept and the lantern tower. A fire led to the reconstruction of the bell tower. In the 19th century, the vaults were reworked.

Alet-les-Bains Abbey-Cathedral

Alet-les-Bains Abbey-Cathedral

Alet-les-Bains, FR

The cathedral is built on a former Carolingian church, itself on a Gallo-Roman temple. The present building has some elements dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries, but most of the building dates from the 17th period when Louis XIV created the Diocese of Alès to fight the Huguenots.

Abbey Church of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul

Évaux-les-Bains, FR

The history of the monument begins when canons gather around the relics of the hermit Marien, who died in 513, located in the old Roman spa town of Evaux. The monument was an important monastery in the 9th century. The church was only attached in 1264 to the monastery of Saint-Amable de Riom.

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