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Old February 18th, 2005, 04:55 PM   #1
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The Abbey of Cluny.

What's so special about this small chapel?




As this last picture we have of it, before it's destruction. Picture taken in 1750 (yeah photography existed in the 18th century):



Today, only the small trancept and the choir survived. But before it had two transcepts, two naves (one small, one short). It was built in the 11th to 12th century and was the biggest church until St peter of the Vatican city.

The big transcept was 75m long, the small one was 59m long.



The contact point between the two transcept had a 40m high dome inside and an angular tower outside. The church was 187m long, including the two naves (big nave 68m, small nave 37m).




And did I say it was a romanesque church? I think they should rebuilt it.....
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Old February 18th, 2005, 07:37 PM   #2
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It looks that they added another piece, with the 2 towers, to the facade!
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way they destroy the old abbey Exarchus?
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Old February 19th, 2005, 06:32 PM   #4
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During the revolution the land was sold, and the owner destroyed the church to sell it in pieces as it was during the Napoleonic wars no one took care or did anything.
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Old February 19th, 2005, 08:24 PM   #5
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very sad that , I think they should rebuilt it again too, the govern have some planes to rebuilt it?
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very sad that , I think they should rebuilt it again too, the govern have some planes to rebuilt it?

We should rebuilt it.... but nothing is planed about it.
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Old February 20th, 2005, 06:49 PM   #7
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France is not known for rebuilding its lost treasures : the French would rather see romantic ruins than XXth century Viollet Le Duc-like imaginary reconstructions. We are all sad that such a beautiful piece of art was destroyed but we should concentrate our efforts on what can still be preserved.
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is a shame that Giri, in this case a complete shame because the monument is fantastic!!
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It's a shame this building has gone....
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Old February 20th, 2005, 11:46 PM   #10
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Yes, it's a shame. But every day in France, other less impressive buildings are being destroyed. The lost of this abbey may be sad but it is only one of the numerous examples of French patrimony destruction, noticeably during the XIXth century when half of the churches were destroyed to please the century's tastes. We should save what was miraculously not destroyed instead of dreaming.
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Was a very beautiful building!!!!

Unfortunatly also St.Gallen doesn't exist anymore in the original form (though nowadays it is still an UNESCO heritage)::
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