Collégiale Notre-Dame de Semur-en-Auxois, Semur-en-Auxois

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Amazing gargoyles adorn the façade of the Collégiale Notre-Dame de Semur-en-Auxois, built in flamboyant Gothic style dating back to the 11th century and rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries. Restored in the 19th century by Viollet-le-Duc, the north tympanum depicts the legend of St. Thomas. Above that, you will discover the stone agricultural calendar representing the 12 months of the year. A visit to Collégiale Notre-Dame de Semur-en-Auxois represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Semur-en-Auxois trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • Normally I would not comment on the exterior of a church in a small town in a Catholic country, but here I must. Our observation of the church's entry patio was that it had been left to pigeons for mo...  more »
  • Beautiful collegiate Gothic style with an impressive nave upon entry (ceiling height). The stained glass windows are great even if some are more recent (you can see soldiers of the first world war). Note, the different chapels which still have their original colors (or perhaps painted), which is quite rare these days. Outside is also a must-see and do not hesitate to go around because she is beautiful on all sides with its flying buttresses. The gargoyles are great too. We were not able to tour but we regret. A must see!
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  • The collegiate church, Église Notre-Dame dominates the square. This church is an excellent example of the Burgundian Gothic, in 1225, by order of the Burgundian dukes built (completion in the 14th century). The street is here much more closely because the facades dating back to the middle ages. Unfortunately were approximately 300 homes destroyed by a fire in 1593 and the collegiate church heavily damaged. In the middle of the 19th century the église Notre-Dame substantially restored by Viollet-le-Duc. The side Portal: Porte des Bledsoe, and Antonio Sabato, so called because they used directly in the countryside came out. The tympaan tells the "gold-plated legend of the infidel Apostle St. Thomas". The small figures in the arch decorations above the tympaan images from the 12 months of the year, from left to right. On a pillar on the left there are 2 snails. In the Interior is the unusually low beam (6 m) in relation to height (21 m) and length (60 m) from the ship on. This is due to the lack of a triforium, which is rare for a church from this period. Some 15th century particularly colorful Windows with images of old crafts can be found in the chapel of the cloth manufacturers. Volunteers maintain this Church as best as possible.
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