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  • The West Front - Bayeux
      The West Front
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  • The Lower Part Looks More Norman (Romanesque) - Bayeux
      The Lower Part Looks More Norman (Romanesque)
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  • The North Tympanum (Enlarge!) - Bayeux
      The North Tympanum (Enlarge!)
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  • The South Tympanum (detail) - Bayeux
      The South Tympanum (detail)
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  • The Ten Apostles - Bayeux
      The Ten Apostles
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It is hard to visualize that the cathedral started as a Romanesque design of typical Norman type with a two-towered H, the horizontal bar containing the 10 apostles. The church was consecrated in 1077 and exhibited the "Bayeux Tapestry" around the nave. At that time the crypt, nave and facade with towers were built. (There was a flat wood ceiling, not arched stone). The new work began with the choir in 1230 (after Normandy became part of France and St. Louis was king); the West front remodeling started in 1280. The towers were buttressed and spires were added, the door arches pointed and figured tympani added in the inner lateral portals. The left one reads upward starting with the Last Supper and ending with the Crucifixion; the right one reads downward with the Father watching the Judgement Day decisions with the damned at the lowest level below the saved. (Both panels show much wear). Only a few of the older round-arched windows remain and some figured support brackets for the statues that were never commissioned. This "keeping up with the times" is typical of all the 12C churches begun before 1150 when the Gothic innovations began (look at Chartres, Le Mans) in the churches near Paris.

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