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Architecture of France

23 November 2009

1077 – Bayeux Cathedral, Basse-Normandie, France

Bayeux is best known to British and French visitors for the Bayeux tapestry, made to commemorate the Norman conquest of England in 1066. It is displayed in a museum in the town centre....

23 November 2009

1215 – Notre-Dame of Laon, Aisne, France

The cathedral of Notre-Dame of Laon dates from the 12th and early 13th centuries. The former cathedral burned during the communal insurrection in 1112, occasioned by the revocation of the commune’s charter. The...

23 November 2009

1220 – Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, France

After the first cathedral of any great substance burnt down in 1020, a glorious new Romanesque basilica, which included a massive crypt, was built under the direction of Bishop Fulbert and later under...

23 November 2009

1290 – Notre-Dame de Reims, Rheims, Champagne-Ardenne, France

The Notre-Dame de Reims is the Cathedral of Reims, where the kings of France were once crowned. It replaces an older church, which was destroyed by a fire in 1211 and built on...

01 December 2009

1330 – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Sited on an island in the middle of the river Seine, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is an imposing Gothic building. Construction began in 1163 and continued until 1330. With its two towers...

24 November 2009

1350c – St Gatien Cathedral, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

The magnificent St Gatien Cathedral was built between the 12th and 16th centuries in a medieval and later renaissance gothic. On the site of Roman Caesarodunum, St. Lidoire built the first church. Frankish...

24 November 2009

13th C. – Eglise St-Julien, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

This 13th century church was built on the site of an earlier building – a church dating from the 6th century. An austere exterior masks a gothic interior that does not have the...

23 November 2009

1472 – Chateau de Creully, Basse-Normandie, France

The castle has been modified throughout its history. Around 1050, it did not resemble a defensive fortress but a large agricultural domain. In about 1360, with the Hundred Years War, it was modified...

11 September 2012

1490s – Chateau de Gien, Loiret, France

Originally constructed at the end of the 14th century, the only remaining vestige of that era is the square tower on the south facade, the Tour “Charlemagne”. The Chateau was remodeled at the...

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