This is the second post in our series about our trip to Saint Emilion (in the Bordeaux wine region of France) and its beautiful surroundings. In case you missed it, you can find the first post (about the town of Saint Emilion) here.
On this post, we will briefly focus on a beautiful church-clositers complex in Saint Emilion: the Collegiate Church (Eglise Collégiale) and its cloisters.
The Collegiate Church is an imposing Romanesque building that was built between the XII and XV centuries and is considered one of the most impressive churches in the Gironde region.
Supposedly, Arnaud Guiraud de Cabanac gave impulse to start building the Collegiate Church in 1110, even if the church plans were repeatedly modified over time. While the nave was completed in the XII century, the remainder of the Collegiate Church blends together different styles from the XIII to the XVI century.
The facade and main portal of the Collegiate Church are in a beautiful, sober Romanesque style. In addition, a beautiful XIV century Gothic portal on the left flank of the church provides another entrance from Place Pioceau, on the northern side of the XIV century chancel that houses a magnificent listed organ built in 1892 by Gabriel Cavaillé-Colle and XV century carved stalls.
Inside the church, the Romanesque nave is adorned with nicely restored XII century wall paintings and amazing Gothic stained glass windows, while the statues of the Apostles on the tympanum were partly destroyed in the XVIII century during the French Revolution.
The Gothic cloisters, which impress the visitor due to their architectural elegance, were built on the southern side of the church during the XIII and XIV century, and remodeled during the XV and XVI century.
The cloisters were built in the shape of a square, with each of the four covered walkways being 98.5 ft/30 mt long and 14.7 ft/4.5 mt wide: elegant arcades support the inner side of the four walkways, which encase a peaceful garden with a cross in the middle, symbolizing the Eden (or Paradise).
The Collegiate Church once hosted Augustinian canons who stayed in the monastery until the end of the French Revolution.
Sources: Travel France Online and Saint-Emilion.pro.
I hope that you enjoyed this second installment of our virtual trip to Saint Emilion… until the next chapter!
Thank you, Tracy! Glad you liked them.
Thank you for this followup, dear Stefano. The photos are great and I especially admire the third one. We have lots of beautiful old churches in North Norfolk and I know for a fact, t’s not easy to capture those stained windows like this! Well done.
By for now, we’re off to the Lake District. You all have a great time too!
So long… 🙂
Dina & Co Xx
Siri cannot stop laughing, well, the church windows are stained here because nobody cleanse them 😉 well, Dina so exited about our trip up North fogot the “glas”.
Lots of love
Klausbernd and my three fairies big and small 🙂
Hahahaha!!! Until you mentioned I had not even noticed! Really quite funny 😉
Love to you all and have lots of fun during your trip!
Thank you very much, dear Dina: glad you enjoyed the photographs!
Hope you are having lots of fun and good light in your trip!
A big hug,
Nice photos, Stefano! I especially like the one with the open windows and shadows. Beautiful!
Thank you very much, Camilla! The image of the cloister that you refer to is my favorite too. 🙂
The level of detail in the stonework is amazing. It’s sad to think that many of the old craft skill have died out. I really like your images of the church.
Thank you, B: you are absolutely right – such a shame that so many of the artistic crafts of the past and the skills they required are quickly vanishing in the name of cheaper automation and standardization.
That church was a real jewel.
Glad you enjoyed the virtual tour! 😉
All the best,
Gorgeous photos, as always…and what a trip. The light seems to have been pretty spectacular down there…:)
Thank you, Oliver!
Yes, the weather cooperated for the most part and photographing at the fringes of the day helped secure some warm and soft light. Glad your always acute eye picked up even this detail. 😉
Those cloisters – and that gorgeous stained glass. And wine on top of all that. Heaven.
Thank you, Sally: yes both the place and the wine (not to mention the food!) were truly spectacular! 🙂
Wow. What a stunningly beautiful structure. I love European churches, we have nothing to the magnitude of European design over here in Australia. You captured some beautiful angles and details in your photographs. Thanks for sharing these with us Stefano!
Thank you, Laura, for taking the time to look at my images. 🙂
Yes, that church was really a little gem, with so many angles and details to immortalize… Time as always is the limiting factor (as is money, of course…) 😉
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