Angoulême Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre d'Angoulême) is the most important religious building of Angoulême, Charente, France, and one of the most important remaining examples in France of Romanesque architecture and sculpture. It is the seat of the Bishop of Angoulême.
A first cathedral was built on the site a primitive, pre-Christian sanctuary, in the 4th century AD. The edifice was destroyed when the town was taken by Clovis after the Battle of Vouillé (507). Another cathedral was consecrated in 560, but this was also set on fire by the Vikings/Normans some two centuries later.
A third cathedral was then constructed under bishop Grimoard, abbot of Saint-Pierre de Brantôme. The new church was consecrated in 1017. However, at the beginning of the 12th century the citizens started to consider it too small for to the wealth of the county. The designer [of this fourth cathedral] was bishop Gerard II, one of the most important French figures of the time, who was a professor, Papal legate for four popes and also a notable artist. Works began about 1110 and finished in 1128.
The church's original appearance was modified in the following centuries. One of the bell towers, for example, was destroyed during the Wars of Religion of the 16th century. Further alterations were made during the restorations by Paul Abadie in 1866-1885, including the addition of the two towers with conical tops, but the façade remains mostly medieval.
The façade is decorated by more than 70 sculptures, organized into two decorative themes, the Ascension and the Last Judgement, which are cleverly intermingled. Christ is portrayed within mandorlas, while two tall angels address the apostles to show them the celestial vision. All their faces, as well as those of the other faithful under the arches, look toward the Redeemer; vice versa, the damned, pushed back in the side arches and turned into Satan's victims, suffer their punishment.
Apart from these two main subjects, the sculptors portrayed scenes of everyday life, such as hunting, not avoiding to underline hardships and painstaking labour.
The interior of the nave is covered with three domes, a transept of great length with lofty towers over the north and south ends, and an apsidal choir with four chevet chapels. At the crossing with the transept, is a larger dome over pendentives, which has replaced the original one destroyed in the Protestant siege of 1568. Once lighted by two lantern towers, the transept has maintained only the northern one (Abadie also modified it, and moved the medieval sculptures to other locations), characterized by several orders of mullioned windows.
The semicircular choir is flanked by small apses and covered by a half dome.
The above information is courtesy of Wikipedea.
The picture is a vertical stitch of two images.
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delpeoples (54773) 2009-09-13 0:57
Hi Stephen, this photo of the church is really superb. It seems almost 3D to me, it's so sharp and the shutter has ben managed so well. Great tones and the scaffolding does not detract from it a bit (how dare they do renovations when you're needing to take a photo?? :) Nice work, really impressive, TFS and enjoy your weekend, Lisa.
gildasjan (42204) 2009-09-13 1:05
Un beau morceau d'architecture cette cathédrale d'Angoulême.Deux flèches et un dôme et une façade très riche.Je ne connaissais pas cette cathédrale et je pense que la visite vaut le détour.
ChrisJ (103673) 2009-09-13 1:18
A superb shot of Angouleme Cathedral, with excellent shadow detail, & splendid graphism against the lighter sky. Marvellous sharpness & well framed & composed. Bon Dimanche!
chinchini (31529) 2009-09-13 1:21
Superbe édifice dans une image parfaitement assemblée.
Tu n'as pas eu la chance de voir apparaître le soleil au moment de ta prise de vue. Rien de grave puisque la pierre locale est grise, de même que la couverture des toits.
Très bon choix d'avoir pris tes photos en mode portrait pour nsuie les assembler. Le format est bon.
Have a nice sunday ;o)
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-09-13 1:52
C'est de ce point de vue aussi que j'ai réalisé, avec moins de chance que toi des photos trop sombres. Belle vue sur le monument, nette et détaillée. Bravo.
saxo042 (37604) 2009-09-13 7:29
A very beautiful church with a very interesting architecture. Definitely a very good stich and an excellent note!
Fis2 (89439) 2009-09-13 11:38
Beautiful old architecture.
Good frame and composition.
The sky add savor of photo.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-09-13 12:00
This is a nicely composed shot of the church. The angle of the shot works well showing more than one side of the building which adds depth to the shot. The lighting and colors are great and the photo is sharp.
Nicou (129022) 2009-09-13 12:02
fantastiqeu image de cette cathédrale d'Angoulè,e quel cadrage quel effet sur la pierre, entre le tour et la coupole, un contraste parfait.
Bravo et amitié
john1 (4028) 2009-09-13 12:03
Excellent composition architectural, les details et la netteté sont merveilleux.
Un belle presentation de cette cathédrale en tout cas.
Un bon dimanche a toi.
cobra112 (15589) 2009-09-13 16:07
Ciao Stephen. Goog choise of POV to esalt the pespective and vertical sense. An amazing sky like BG.
npecanhuk (69568) 2009-09-13 16:10
Another wonderful religious sample of architecture!
Pov, sharpness, exposure, colors and composition are excellent!
TFS - congratulations!
gneufeld (15890) 2009-09-13 19:07
A fine photojob to present this grand cathedral to the world. I am impressed by the intricate details and textures of this amazing architectural edifice. Very well done and TFS. Gerald
jurek1951 (42194) 2009-09-13 23:02
Really very nice your architecture photos this one is very sharp and very well composed.
Graal (99842) 2009-09-13 23:11
great old architeture, nice romanesqe style of cathedral. Good presentation. An interesting note. I like it.
Gerrit (50880) 2009-09-14 0:56
Majestic romanesc Cathedral.
You took it from a good angle and well framed.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-09-14 1:24
Un POV très bien choisi pour mettre l'édifice en valeur et un cadrage optimal. L'harmonie dans les couleurs, avec une dominate de gris,est très belle. Ici, les voitures ne sont pas gênantes et, au contraire, apporte une informatins sur l'échelle. J'aime aussi la façon dont tu as bien capté les détails de l'architecture.
amaryllis (35637) 2009-09-14 6:20
tu trouves toujours des cadrages excellents pour avoir en totalité ces édifices imposants et superbes; une architecture remarquable
la façade de devant est magnifique mais je vois qu'elle est en restauration derrière
wolf38 (31284) 2009-09-14 7:28
Hello Stephen. Powerful grey buildings, - in the center the large cathedral. In addition something green and a cloudy blue sky. Very good POV. Impressive text. Best regards, Wolfgang.
kevinos (7403) 2009-09-14 10:41
You have framed and composed this one carefully, Stephen. It is a lovely, ancient building, well presented. You had a flat light, that day, but the light gives such a nice exposure and a sense of grandeur. I enjoy these fine presentations of beautiful and historic buildings. You note is informative too. regards Kevin
chrisnet (21934) 2009-09-15 11:32
Good framing for this wonderful church, it'a a nice and impressive architecture, thanks for this interesting view.
sandpiper (6788) 2009-09-23 14:41
Great looking church, love the medieval facade and the composition. I have done a small workshop for you, hope you don't mind.
pierrefonds (59858) 2013-05-21 17:01
La largeur de la place donne de la profondeur à la composition. L'assemblage des deux photos permet de voir une double perspective de l'architecture de la cathédrale Saint-Pierre d'Angoulême. Le ciel nuageux donne un bon contraste aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.