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Chaource - Saint-Jean-Baptiste

The town of Chaource (pop. 1100) is known for the Chaource cheese and the church dedicated to Saint-Jean-Baptiste. The choir was part of a church built within the 14th century, but from 1531 on the old nave got teared down and was replaced by nave and aisles seen here. Steps lead down to the "Chapelle du Sépulcre", where this entombment is placed. The "mise au tombeau" was created by an unidentified sculptor, known under the name "Maitre de Chaource" around 1515. Scholars are still discussing the identit…

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Chaource - Saint-Jean-Baptiste

The town of Chaource (pop. 1100) is known for the Chaource cheese and the church dedicated to Saint-Jean-Baptiste. The choir was part of a church built within the 14th century, but from 1531 on the old nave got teared down and was replaced by nave and aisles seen here. Steps lead down to the "Chapelle du Sépulcre", where the famous entombment is placed. The "mise au tombeau" was created by an unidentified sculptor, known under the name "Maitre de Chaource" around 1515. Scholars are still discussing the i…

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Chaource - Saint-Jean-Baptiste

The town of Chaource (pop. 1100) is known for the Chaource cheese and the church dedicated to Saint-Jean-Baptiste. The choir was part of a church built within the 14th century, but from 1531 on the old nave got teared down and was replaced by nave and aisles seen here. Steps lead down to the "Chapelle du Sépulcre", where the famous entombment is placed. The "mise au tombeau" was created by an unidentified sculptor, known under the name "Maitre de Chaource" around 1515. Scholars are still discussing the i…

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Saint-Mihiel - Saint-Étienne

Saint-Mihiel had a parish church already in the 10th century. The Romanesque structure got renovated and rebuilt in the 13th and enlarged in the 16th century. During the French Revolution, the church was used as a hospital, but got re-consecrated in 1802. Soon plans were made, to broaden the road passing the church, so in 1823 the old belltower, one aisle and the side chapel were demolished. Renaissance sculptor Ligier Richier, a genius of his time, was born in Saint-Mihiel around 1500. One of his ma…

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Cérilly - Saint-Martin

Saint-Martin was erected within the 12th/13th centuries, but got enlarged and altered, when in the 15th century side chapels were added. Inside is this "Mise au tombeau" (Entombment) from 1699. It was financed by Pierre Lécuyer. Mr. Lécuyer is seen on his knees in the right corner of the ensemble.

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Coimbra - Machado de Castro National Museum

A Roman settlement, named "Aeminium" existed here. When the neighbouring town "Conimbriga" got conquered and destroyed by the Suebes in 468, the survivors moved to "Aeminium" - and renamed it. The Visigoths under King Wittiza named the town "Eminio" later. In 714 the town was conquered by Muslim troops, who changed the name again. Coimbra was finally recaptured in 1064 by King Fernando de Castilla y León. Coimbra became the second capital of the Kingdom of Portugal (after Guimarãesin) 1139, a status that m…

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Epinal - Saint-Maurice

Epinal was founded end of the 10th century by Dietrich I, Bishop of Metz (cousin of Emperor Otto I). A church will have existed here, that mid of the 11th century got replaced by a Romanesque structure, consecrated by Pope Leo IX, who was born in the near Alsace. This church probably had the same dimensions as the building today as some walls of the nave can be traced back to that church. The polychrome "Mise au tombeau" (Burial of Jesus) was created end of the 15th century by an unkonwn artist.

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Poitiers - Notre-Dame la Grande

Notre-Dame la Grande, a former collegiate church, was completed around 1150. This facade is a masterpiece of Romanesque art. The church replaced an older one, known since the 9th century. The famous facade is a brilliant example of the Romanesque "style poitevin". But as I have already uploaded many photos of this beautiful church, I will just add two shots now. The polychrome "Mise au Tombeau" (Burial of Jesus) was created by an unknown artist. It is marked in the back 1555. It was carved for the Abba…

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Rouy - Saint-Germain

A church probably existed here already within the 6th century. The current building was erected within the 12th century as the church for the priory, dependent on the abbey in La Charité-sur-Loire, a "daughter" of Cluny. This explains the architectural characteristics here, that are so typical for a "Cluniac" church. A "Mise au tombeau" mutilated during the Revolution by furious vandals.
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