Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Paris, France) : View of the arched belfry

Creator:
unknown (French)
Published/Created:
Paris, Île-de-France, France
1014-1163 ; 1606 (alteration)
Date Depicted:
5/16/1996
500 AD - 1499 AD
Materials:
stone
Notes:
This is the oldest church in Paris, begun in 542 when Childebert I founded the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The site was attacked by the Normans and the church was rebuilt in 1014 and rededicated in 1163. Its west end tower was pierced by a portal, completed in the twelfth century, which collapsed in 1604 and was replaced in 1606 by the present classicising portal, by Marcel Le Roy. Its choir, with an apsidal east end, provides an early example of flying buttresses. The Abbey buildings were all destroyed in 1794 except for the abbey church, now know simply as Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The tomb of philosopher René Descartes is located in one of the church's side chapels.
Topics:
Architecture -- France -- 11th century -- (YVRC)
Architecture -- France -- 12th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Romanesque
Culture:
French
Accession Number:
1A2-F-P-SGP-A6
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
churches (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors construction buildings; religious buildings; churches; buildings; religious buildings; churches; abbey churches
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module Three
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
5/16/1996
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10164123
PID:
digcoll:1868076