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Saint-Vaast Old Abbey, Arras

Saint-Vaast Old Abbey, Arras

Arras, FR

The huge 18th century abbey church became the new cathedral of Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Vaast d'Arras in 1804. It replaced the old Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame-en-Cité in the west of the city which was destroyed, and since 1825 the vast monastery buildings of the abbey have housed the Arras Fine Arts Museum.

Saint-Nicolas d'Arras Church

Saint-Nicolas d'Arras Church

Arras, FR

Built on the Place de la Préfecture, the first stone was laid in 1839. Its architect, Joseph-Auguste Traxler (1796-1856), designed it in the neo-classical style, inspired in particular by the church of Saint-Philippe-du-Roule in Paris.

Arras Cathedral

Arras Cathedral

Arras, FR

The present cathedral is the former abbey church of the abbey of Saint-Vaast (whose origins date back to the 7th century). In the Middle Ages, Arras was the largest and richest city of Artois. It was built in the 18th century as the abbey church of Saint-Vaast Abbey and became a cathedral in 1848, replacing the old cathedral Notre-Dame-en-Cité d'Arras, the great Gothic cathedral in the west of the old town that had been destroyed during the French Revolution.

Saint-Géry Church, Arras

Saint-Géry Church, Arras

Arras, FR

The church of Saint-Géry was built to replace the chapel of the Vivier, which served as a parish church but was becoming too small. It is the work of the architect Alexandre Grigny. It was partially destroyed during the First World War.

Rochefort Abbey

Rochefort Abbey

Rochefort, BE

Notre-Dame-de-Saint-Rémy de Rochefort Abbey, generally known as Rochefort Abbey, is a Trappist abbey founded in 1230, secularized in 1792 during the French Revolution, the abbey was returned to a monastic community in Achel Abbey in 1887. The abbey is known for its brewery, in operation since 1889, and its Trappist beers.

Church of the Assumption of Mary, Lake Bled

Church of the Assumption of Mary, Lake Bled

Bled, SI

The Church of the Assumption of Mary or "Mary on the Lake" dates from the 12th century. Located on Bled Island, it is a renowned pilgrimage center and a popular tourist attraction. On an old wooden building (probably religious), a stone construction was erected and lasted unscathed until an earthquake in 1511. The church was heavily restored in the 17th century, conferring its baroque style.

St. James Church

St. James Church

Villach, AT

The church of St. James was first mentioned in the 12th century. The church was rebuilt twice after earthquakes in 1348 and 1690. In 1944, the 16th-century glass paintings and the church roof were destroyed. Complete restorations were carried out in the second half of the 20th century.

Cattolica di Stilo

Cattolica di Stilo

Stilo, IT

The Cattolica is a small Byzantine church built in the 10th and 11th centuries. The name Cattolica was to designate a category of "privileged churches", the term "katholikì" was given only to churches with baptismal fonts. Subjected to the Byzantine Empire until the 11th century, Calabria today preserves many testimonies of oriental art, the Cattolica is a good example.

Bitonto Cathedral

Bitonto Cathedral

Bitonto, IT

The cathedral of Bitonto is an Apulian Romanesque church built between the 11th and 12th centuries. It has acquired its cathedral status in 1986. The church was modeled after the Basilica of San Nicola di Bari.

Visovac Monastery, Lake Visovac

Visovac Monastery, Lake Visovac

Brištane, HR

The Visovac Monastery was founded in the 14th century by Dominican monks. Taken over by the Franciscan a century later, the monastery was enlarged. Destructed and abandoned in the 17th century, the monastery is repaired in the 18th and 20th centuries. Located on the beautiful island of Visovac in the Krka National Park, the monastery keeps a collection of books, works of art and other important documents.

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