Cathédrale Saint-Pierre - Angoulême (Charente), France
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N 45° 38.946 E 000° 09.066
31T E 278014 N 5059009
Quick Description: [EN] St. Peter's Cathedral is a Romanesque cathedral located in Angouleme. [FR] La cathédrale Saint-Pierre est une cathédrale de style roman située à Angoulême.
Location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Date Posted: 7/19/2018 8:45:47 AM
Waymark Code: WMYRYN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:

The present cathedral is due to the eminent bishop Girard, legate of the Pope. He himself runs the site. He chose to cover his cathedral with cupolas as he could observe similar ones at Perigueux and Cahors. He also demonstrates originality by covering his facade with sculptures. The work begins in 1110. The cathedral is probably almost completed in 1138, at its consecration.

The cathedral is looted during the Wars of Religion. It serves as Temple of Reason under the Revolution. It undergoes the radical restoration of the architect Paul Abadie which adds to the facade its gable, its pinnacles and its equestrian statues. He also rebuilt the dome of the crossing and the bell tower.

The cathedral was built in small elongated apparatus and medium cut stone device with the limestone turonian plateau on which is built the medieval town.

Many additions were made to the building over the ages, but all post-Romanesque additions were demolished during major restoration work undertaken from 1852 to 1875 under the direction of architect Paul Abadie, in order to restore the building a unity of style, at the price however of some transformations of inspiration more or less neo-Roman-Byzantine sometimes contested.

Sources : The Church

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"La cathédrale actuelle est due à l'éminent évêque Girard, légat du Pape. Celui-ci dirige lui-même le chantier. Il choisit de couvrir sa cathédrale de coupoles comme il a pu en observer de semblables à Périgueux et à Cahors. Il fait également preuve d'originalité en couvrant sa façade de sculptures. Les travaux débutent en 1110. La cathédrale est probablement presque achevée en 1138, lors de sa consécration.

La cathédrale est pillée pendant les guerres de Religion. Elle sert de Temple de la Raison sous la Révolution. Elle subit la restauration radicale de l'architecte Paul Abadie qui ajoute à la façade son pignon, ses clochetons et ses statues équestres. Il reconstruit également le dôme de la croisée et le clocher.

La cathédrale a été construite en petit appareil allongé et moyen appareil de pierre de taille avec le calcaire turonien du plateau sur lequel est construite la ville médiévale.

De nombreux ajouts furent apportés au bâtiment au cours des âges, mais toutes les additions de style postérieur au roman furent démolies lors d'importants travaux de restauration entrepris de 1852 à 1875 sous la direction de l'architecte Paul Abadie, en vue de restituer à l'édifice une unité de style, au prix cependant de quelques transformations d'inspiration plus ou moins néoromano-byzantines parfois contestées."

Sources : L’Eglise

Web site proof of Romanesque features: [Web Link]

Date of origin: 12th century / XIIème siècle

Type of building (structure): Church

Address:
18 Rue Fénelon, Angoulème, Charente France 16000


Architect(s) if known: Not listed

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