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Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral

Aachen, DE

The Aachen Cathedral, built on the former Palatine Chapel of the Palace of Charlemagne (800-814), is the most important architectural example of the Carolingian Renaissance. The Aachen Cathedral is a heterogeneous structure, influenced by many stylistic epochs, characterized by numerous breaks and extensions. To symbolically anchor their reign in the wake of that of Charlemagne, a large portion of the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, between 936 and 1531, were crowned here.

Aarhus Cathedral

Aarhus Cathedral

Aarhus, DK

Aarhus Cathedral was built in the 13th century in Romanesque style. Damaged by a fire in 1330, the cathedral was rebuilt according to Gothic canons from the end of the 14th century until 1500.

Aartsengel Michaëlkerk

Aartsengel Michaëlkerk

Genk, BE

The Archangel Michael Church, built in the 1980s in Byzantine style, is part of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The first Orthodox community in Genk appeared in 1948. It consisted of Ukrainian workers who arrived with their families by rail in April 1947 in the Belgian province of Limburg from the American occupation zone in post-war Germany.

Abbey Church of Saint-Etienne

Abbey Church of Saint-Etienne

Caen , FR

The first church dates from the 10th century, with a Romanesque Benedictine choir, replaced in the 12th century by a Gothic choir. The majority of the building is dated between the 11th and 13th centuries.

Abbaye aux Dames

Abbaye aux Dames

Saintes, FR

Established on the right bank of the river Charente, near the former funeral basilica of Bishop Pallais, it owes its foundation in 1047 to the Count of Anjou Geoffroy Martel and his wife Agnes of Burgundy. First women's abbey in Saintonge, the Benedictine moniales printed currency and had a taste for business.

Mègemont Abbey

Mègemont Abbey

Chassagne, FR

Former abbey of Mègemont, Cistercian abbey founded by the Counts of Auvergne in the 13th century (1274). Of the church, only the choir and the transept remain, in poor condition (the nave disappeared at the beginning of the 20th century). The monastery buildings retain rooms with vaulted arches and a room with stucco decorations.

Val-Richer Abbey

Val-Richer Abbey

Saint-Ouen-le-Pin, FR

The Abbey of Val-Richer was founded around 1146 and its abbey-church was consecrated in 1220. Little transformed thereafter, it underwent some work in the 16th century after having been pillaged twice during the Wars of Religion (1562-1598). Abbot Dominique Georges (1651-1693) is considered the main restorer of the abbey. The French Revolution put an end to the monastic life of the abbey in 1791. In 1836, François Guizot, then Minister of Public Instruction, bought the ruins of Val-Richer and restored them.

Abbaye Notre-Dame du Vœu

Abbaye Notre-Dame du Vœu

Cherbourg-Octeville, FR

Notre-Dame du Vœu Abbey is a former monastery of the Augustinian Canons Regular of Saint-Victor. Founded in 1145 by Matilda the Empress, the abbey, far from the stronghold of Cherbourg, was plundered and burnt down several times, then abandoned by the monks before the French Revolution. After a first partial classification in 1913, it has been restored since 1964 and was fully classified as a historic monument by decree on 9 September 2002.

Saint Georges de Saint-Martin Abbey, Boscherville

Saint Georges de Saint-Martin Abbey, Boscherville

Saint-Martin de Boscherville , FR

The building is essentially dated to the 12th and 13th centuries, which saw the nave, the choir, then the transept and the lantern tower. A fire led to the reconstruction of the bell tower. In the 19th century, the vaults were reworked.

Alet-les-Bains Abbey-Cathedral

Alet-les-Bains Abbey-Cathedral

Alet-les-Bains, FR

The cathedral is built on a former Carolingian church, itself on a Gallo-Roman temple. The present building has some elements dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries, but most of the building dates from the 17th period when Louis XIV created the Diocese of Alès to fight the Huguenots.

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