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July 23rd, 2010
Angoulême 160015 16000
Charente Poitou-Charentes
45.653 0.155 86 m

Saint-Pierre cathedral, Angoulême

Frontage.
Cupola.

The Saint-Pierre cathedral of style Romano-Byzantine is one of the most remarkable churches of Charente district.

Composed of a single nave, a vast transept and a Romanesque bedside of the 12th century in hemicycle with apsidioles, it is flanked of a northern tower of 59 meters on five floors, which shelters five bells of which the bumblebee of 4120 kilos. Its plan follows Latin cross a 79 meters length and 52 meters width.
The nave is covered by 4 cupolas of which one, with the top of the transept crossing and on an octagonal basis, is the most important.
The romanesque frontage of the 12th century resembles that of Notre-Dame Grande, of Poitiers, by the abundance of its sculptures.

A first cathedral was built at the 4th century, probably on the site of a Gallo-Roman temple, and was destroyed at the time of the catch of Angoulême by king Clovis.
One second cathedral was high at the 6th century, towards 560, and was burnt, probably by the Norman ones at the 10th century, towards 981.
A third cathedral was built at the 12th century as from 1110, in about thirty year.

During the wars of religion of the 16th century, in 1568, the church lost one of its towers located at the south.
At the 19th century, the architect PAUL ABADIE, restored the church of 1853 to 1876, while building, amongst other things, the dome with scales which covers the transept crossing.

At the 19th century, architecture took as a starting point the Byzantine architecture. Paul Abadie, (student of VIOLLET LE DUC), also restored, of 1852 to 1895, the Saint-Front cathedral of Périgueux, and the basilica of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris as from 1875.
PAUL ABADIE, is a French architect, born in Paris on November 9th, 1812 and died in Chatou on August 3rd, 1884.
EUGENE EMMANUEL VIOLLET-LE-DUC, is a French architect, born on January 27th, 1814 in Paris and died on September 17th, 1879 in Lausanne.

ANGOULÊME is a common Frenchwoman, located in the department of Charente of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 43171 Angoumoisins in 1999, distributed out of 22 km², evening 1980 hab./km².

My images of Angoulême.

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