"Inspect the Exterior of the Church of St.-Pierre" Chauvigny Things to Do Tip by hquittner

Chauvigny Things to Do: 10 reviews and 33 photos

  Upper West Facade
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  • Upper West Facade - Chauvigny
      Upper West Facade
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  • View from Northeast Tower Apse and Transept - Chauvigny
      View from Northeast Tower Apse and Transept
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  • Southeast View (Note conical topped tower - Chauvigny
      Southeast View (Note conical topped tower
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  • Axial Chapel deco with Modillons - Chauvigny
      Axial Chapel deco with Modillons
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  • Bas-Relief of St. Peter on Chapel - Chauvigny
      Bas-Relief of St. Peter on Chapel
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It took about a full century to build the church of St.-Pierre. They started at the apse and completely stone vaulted the church. It is tall and narrow like the one at Cluny. This was the period of awakening of sculpture and fresco wall painting. The former is quite evident both outside the church and inside. The facade is pain with receding columned arches as jambs.The small capitals on the columns are foliated. A horizontal band divides the facade offsetting the buttresses. Along its lower edge are carved modillons which also appear along the roof edges of the three radial apse chapels. On the axial chapel, a primitive bas-relief of St. Peter is placed.

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  • Written Jul 16, 2009
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