Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 12/16/2013

Photo taken on July  1, 2013

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Abbatiale Sainte-Croix
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Bordeaux - Sainte-Croix

Bordeaux - Sainte-Croix
The late afternoon sun shines on "Sainte-Croix", the church of the former "Abbatiale Sainte-Croix". The abbey was founded in Merovingian times just south of Bordeaux. The exact year is unknown, but it was mentioned already in 679. The abbey was destroyed by the Saracens around 730 and rebuilt at the end of the century . During the 9th century the Normans raided the area and the abbey got devastated again. Local nobility supported the rebuilding of the abbey by donations and privileges.

The abbey church was built in eleventh/twelfth century - and the facade, seen here, is a fine example of the specific Romanesque style, typical for the Saintonge. The church is built as a Latin Cross.

The church got renovated and rebuilt during the 19th century by Paul Abadie, later known as the architect of "Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre" and strongly influenced by Viollet-le-Duc. His works (eg Saint-Front, Périgueux, St. Pierre, Angoulême, Saint-Etienne, Cahors) are disputed today, as he "re-created" structures. Here he added the left tower to the facade.

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