Pastoral charm near the Bay
The Mont Saint-Michel abbey and the sea form an unusual backdrop for this meadow scene.
View into the choir from the south transept tribune (c. 1165-1175)
Chevet (13th century) and northern transept (c. 1175-1190)
West façade (c. 1190-1205)
The south transept with its magnificent gridwork elevation (c. 1170-1185)
Sinners beg to be spared from the fires of hell
Detail from the tympanum of the north portal depicting the Last Judgment
General view of nave and choir (c. 1165-1205)
The cathedral of Laon
Details of the interior west wall (after 1250)
View towards the west façade
The south transept (c. 1211-1241)
General view of nave and choir (c. 1211-1280)
View from south showing the nave and part of the aligned transept
Adam and Eve (c. 1235-1240)
Detail from the archivolts of the north transept, now in the Palais du Tau
One of the iconic "smiling angels" on the west facade, representing the elegant Remois style (c. 1245-55)
Gorges du Verdon - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Gorges du Verdon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Chevet (c. 1200-1210) and south transept (c. 1177-1185)
Choir and nave looking west (c. 1200-1225)
General view of nave and choir
Sunset in Etretat, Seine-Maritime
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Moissac, 11th century abbey Saint-Pierre - Tarn-et-Garonne
Caen, Calvados - Abbaye aux Hommes, 11-13th century
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Falaises of Etretat, Seine-Maritime
Jumièges, Seine-Maritime - Benedictine abbey, c. 1040-1067
The Mont-Saint-Michel bay seen from Avranches
Plateau de Valensole, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
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Flamingoes and stilts in the brine lagoons of the Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhône
Horses in the Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhône
Pont du Gard, Gard - 1st Century
White cliffs of Etretat, Seine-Maritime
Mont Saint-Michel, Manche - Cloister, 1225-1228
Cathedral in technicolor
The cleaning campaign of the cathedral's west facade in 1992-99 revealed the largely intact polychromy of the portals and shed new light on our understanding of medieval iconography. The common sombre, greyish appearance of our church portals turned out to be vividly coloured ensembles, reflecting a totally different approach of decorative painting.
Each evening during the summer months a projection of HD digital images allows to relive the cathedral in all its original polychrome glory.
Nave and choir
The 13th-century sculptures of the west façade have been severely damaged in 1562 in the wars of religion, yet this charming scene of Noah releasing a dove provides a glimpse of the overall quality of this ensemble.
Escaping the flood
The 13th-century sculptures of the west façade have been severely damaged in 1562 in the wars of religion, yet this charming scene of a father and his child trying to escape the flood, provide a glimpse of the overall quality of this ensemble.
The discovery of St. Stephen's tomb by Lucianus (early 13th century)
Detail from the window of the invention of the relics of St. Stephen.
Window of the Apocalypse (early 13th century)
Detail showing John's first vision, as recorded in Revelation. Christ, a sword in his mouth and standing amidst seven candlesticks, holds the book with seven seals and the seven stars.
The vaults of the nave and transept