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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.

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.

Abbaye aux Dames

Abbaye aux Dames

Saintes, FR

First women's abbey in Saintonge, the Ladies' Abbey was founded in 1047. These powerful Benedictine moniales printed currency and had a taste for business.

Megemont 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-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, 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 Sainte-Foy

Conques, FR

The building was started in the 11th century, but most of it dates from the 12th century. The tympanum was completed in the 12th century. The facade towers were redone during the 19th century. It is also during this period that the bell tower is added to the roof at the junction between the nave and the transept. In 1830, the cloister was demolished.

Abbey of Fontenay

Marmagne, FR

Founded in 1118 by Bernard de Clairvaux, the abbey church of Fontenay is one of the oldest preserved Cistercian buildings and one of the most complete. It was built on the plan of the church of Clairvaux, under the influence of Saint Bernard. The construction of the church began in 1139 and was completed in 1147, thus consecrated by Pope Eugene III.

Abbey of Our Lady

Abbey of Our Lady

Aalborg, DK

The Abbey of Our Lady was founded in 1878 on the 11th century "Sainte-Marie" church, associated with a Benedictine monastery. The building was then enlarged in the 16th century, but by the end of the 19th century it had become so worn out that it was not considered possible to renovate it.

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