Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 12/17/2013


Photo taken on July  1, 2013



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Abbatiale Sainte-Croix
Norman Raids
Norman invasion
Book of Revelation
Via Turonensis
style saintonge
Elders of the Apocalypse
Saracen
archivolt
Paul Abadie
Gironde
Aquitaine
Bordeaux
France
Merovingian


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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, built in eleventh/twelfth century, 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) are disputed today, as he "re-created" structures and added details.

The archivolts over the central portal are examples of the specific Romanesque carving-style, typical for the Saintonge. Like in Saintes, Aulney and Avy the number of "Elders of the Apocalypse" is higher than 24, what is the number mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

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Lucas Manuel
Lucas Manuel
Excelente toma detallada de las arquivoltas de esa magnífica portada.
3 years ago.