Posted on 07/26/2011

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Chalons-en-Champagne Capital
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Champagne-Ardenne Region
Marne Department
Historical Monument
Cathedral St Etienne
North Aisle
Transept and Belfry

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P6024021ac Chalons-en-Champagne St Etienne Cathedral North Aisle, Transept and Belfry

P6024021ac Chalons-en-Champagne St Etienne Cathedral North Aisle, Transept and Belfry
Built in the twelfth century and consecrated on 26 octobre1147 by Pope Eugene III, disciple of St. Bernard, it was destroyed by lightning and fire in 1230; Does remain after that the North tower and the crypt in the Romanesque style of the elder cathedral; The North portal and seven bays of the nave in the Gothic style, date from the late thirteenth century, the apsidal chapels of the XIV; In the seventeenth, two bays in the nave were added to the existing seven identical and the Grand Portal was brought up in the Renaissance style; Curiously the two belfries are not on the facade but between the apse and the transepts; On March 8, 1680, the Sun King Louis XIV entering the cathedral would have exclaimed: "This is the most beautiful chapel of my kingdom"; This cathedral as many others in France is maintained by the French State and the Department and is classified as Historical Monument; The clergy of this cathedral as during long in the past rivalised with the clergy of another great religious edifice in Chalons, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Collegiate Church, to be the most imposing!!! The two churches are really amazing and we can understand well the Sun King's admiration!!! France Champagne-Ardenne Region Marne Department Chalons-en-Champagne Capital St Etienne Cathedral.