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Old April 10th, 2015, 01:16 AM   #1
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French Churches with Renaissance architecture

This thread is about the churches of France with a touch of the Renaissance architecture.
In France, this Renaissance movement began on the end of the 15th century.

There are few French churches in a pure Renaissance-style. Generally, the elements of Renaissance architecture are in addition to the early Gothic style.
Many churches with Renaissance influence are unfinished because of the troubled times (French Wars of Religion [1562-1598] caused the death of 2 to 4 million people).

Once the instabilities are over, the Renaissance style began to be outmoded.
In the latter years of the reign of Louis XIII (King of France from 1610 to 1643), the French architecture took more sober forms with the French Baroque architecture.
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Exquisite. Beautiful in its grace and proportions/
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The parish close and the Notre-Dame Church [16th-17th centuries], Saint-Thégonnec, Brittany :


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The Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais parish church [1160-1590], Gisors, Normandy :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/morio60/14093383992
This is a masterpiece.
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The Notre-Dame Church [12th century-1580], Vétheuil, Île-de-France :


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So beautiful and touching. Brought tears.
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I'm always impressed by all the pedestals where statues used to stand but they were destroyed, probably during the Frencg Revolution.
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I'm always impressed by all the pedestals where statues used to stand but they were destroyed, probably during the Frencg Revolution.
The majority of the statues were destroyed by revolutionaries but some of them have been vandalized during the French Wars of Religion.

For exemple, in 1562, the Protestants sacked the city of Lyon and they led iconoclastic activities.

They brake down or smashed with harquebus shots the statues of the Cathedral of Saint-Jean :


http://www.museemilitairelyon.com/spip.php?article32


https://www.flickr.com/photos/szu-yu/11023465484


https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/15181121618


The same "modus operandi" has been applied in the Cathedral of Saint-Maurice in my own city (Vienne) :


http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...e_Vienne_2.JPG


https://www.flickr.com/photos/tm-tm/6319133692


https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/14785052158
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Wonderful thread Titus! Please indulge us with some more beautiful French Renaissance churches!
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Very interesting how Renaissance Style got 'translated' into French all-gothic taste.

I expect for more masterpieces. Great job, Titus.
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I was thinking exactly the same. The "shape" of the churches is Gothic, but the elements are Renaissance. It's almost as with Romanesque and Gothic in Germany
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The parish close and the church of Saint-Germain [1530-1642], Pleyben, Brittany :


http://www.betermin.com/media/8da1fb...ire-de-pleyben
This is breathtaking.
There are so many gems on this excellent thread.
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