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Collegiale St Pierre, Chauvigny

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  • A superb restoration, a painted Interior, and a façade with wonderful features. The town of Chauvigny is worth a visit and is a good example of this collegiate church
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  • The upper town, part medieval Chauvigny, see best when arriving by the D 2 from Angles on the Anglin. In the descent, before crossing the Vienna, a point of view was laid out in front of the upper city. You can park there and admire, on the heights overlooking the other side of forty meters, the unique panorama of the remains of the five castles and the Romanesque Collegiate Church of the old town. Several parking lots are available outside the upper city. From there they joined the collegiate by small picturesque streets which, depending on where one comes, will pass in front of the impressive Dungeon of Gouzon (s 13th) in which is located the Museum of industrial archaeology, but that we did not take time to visit. Arriving in front of the building, one is struck by the square Tower of the XI, that there are also good from the point of view on the other side. The bedside is also remarkable for its size, but it's inside that one is struck by the beauty. The nave surprises, first by rising vaults and the impression of lightness and brightness that emerges, then by its capitals whose gradual evolution into the Gothic is perceptible, historiated capitals of the choir remains the most admirable. From a personal point of view, I regret that this collegiate church has had to suffer, like so many others in the region, the consequences of campaigns of restoration of the nineteenth. Under the effect of the approximate representations of the middle ages were the romantics, including many historians, both heritage buildings of France suffered a fanciful architectural changes - the castle of Pierrefonds in Picardy by ex - and decorative anachronistic - blue frieze in the Church of Saint Savin by ex - if far from reality that they raised the ire of Prosper Mérimée. But the public is being used to see them, and the knowledge of history is not always the thing best shared, often outrageous intervention by the nineteenth century now seems to be sometimes understood as faithfully reflecting the medieval reality. I recognize, however, that painted capitals stand out better in the details. Whatever the contrasting advice you may have on this issue, the collegiate is a visit not to be missed if it proceeds to Chauvigny.
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  • Beautiful collegiate church built in the 12th century located in the upper town of Chauvigny. Good little walk in the streets of the medieval city.
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  • Simply magical!
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