The Cathedral of the Assumption of Luçon is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the French department of the Vendée. It is the seat of the Bishop of Luçon. Built primarily in the Gothic style, it has also older parts in Romanesque style as well as some in the more recent classical style. Several components are subject to protection under the Historic Monuments legislation.
In the seventh century, a Benedictine monastery was founded here, as a dependency of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Philbert de Noirmoutier. The abbey was sited on the place of the present cathedral. This first building was ravaged by the Normans in 853, and again in 877. It was finally burnt to the ground by William VIII of Poitiers, Count of Poitou in 1068. Nothing remains of this original building.
The Count of Poitou was subsequently excommunicated by Pope Alexander II. For the remission of his sentence, he had to have the building rebuilt at his own expense; the work was undertaken by his son William IX known as the Troubadour. Work on the new church began in 1091 under Abbot Geoffrey, and lasted for 30 years. The consecration of the new Romanesque abbey took place in 1121, under Abbot Gerbert. Vestiges of the old Romanesque abbey church can be found in the cathedral today: notably a significant portion of the north transept of the abbey and its beautiful porch, which is now clearly visible on Place Sochet des Touches.
The abbey church was elevated to a cathedral in 1317 by Pope John XXII. Since that time it has suffered many vicissitudes as a result of wars and revolution resulting in it being restored and extended several times. The latest damage occurred on 27 December 1999 when a major storm damaged the top of the spire and carried away the cross and the weather vane. Repairs to this part of the cathedral were completed during 2004, when the top of the spire was dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone. After a year of work, the spire was completely restored and a new cross and weathercock installed. In October 2004 a special postage stamp was issued celebrating the "Cathedral of Luçon" based on an engraving by Pierre Forget.
The above was extracted and freely translated from an article about the cathedral to be found on the French Wikipedea site.
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dip (23890) 2011-09-15 1:41
an excellent composed and framed image of the Cathedral,
beautiful and interesting architectural details,great contrast with the blue sky!
thanks for sharing,
rodgerg (55767) 2011-09-15 1:56
Un cadrage idéal pour cette belle cathédrale qui met ainsi bien en valeur le caractère élancé de son clocher qui se détache dans le bleu tendre du ciel.
Nicou (146688) 2011-09-15 2:08
fantastique compo e tiamge, sueprbe quel cadrage sur cette église le beau clocher et ce tons rosé sur la pierre quelle architecture, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-09-15 2:43
A full view of this beautiful cathedral captured on a bright and sunny day. I like the glimpse of those trees on the left showing us a bit of greenery. Well composed and framed.
dkmurphys (61967) 2011-09-15 2:44
Impressive architecture. Your simpe style is bringing the best parts from those lovely monuments.
Well done, enjoy a fine day.
ikeharel (74701) 2011-09-15 4:01
The single-turret facade has a wonderful archi. details: combined with diff. styles, Corinth-columns and Ghotic top's.
Light and contrast on 12:37 hour was superb.
Fis2 (102234) 2011-09-15 4:29
Good frame and colors.
DjoleEric (0) 2011-09-15 4:44
A good view of beautiful architecture.
Excellent display of soft light and sharpness.
Beautiful vivid colors.
Have a nice day.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2011-09-15 4:58
Je n'ai jamais eu de chance avec cette cathédrale, il a fait mauvais temps à toutes mes tentatives de photographie. Sa hauteur n'est pas facile à loger. Belle image ensoleillée. Bonne exposition. Bravo.
Sergiom (84337) 2011-09-15 6:00
Une architecture assez spéciale. On se croirait plus en Thaïlande qu'en France. Le cadrage est un peu raté mais l'ensemble ressort bien.
Silvio1953 (148375) 2011-09-15 12:43
Ciao Stephen, great view of fantastic cathedral, wonderful soft colors, beautiful sky, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Budapestman (82620) 2011-09-15 13:12
a superb photo of this imposing cathedral, great details and the composition is spectacular, excellent lights and clarity, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
Charo (51212) 2011-09-15 14:49
J'aime vraiment la façade de cette cathédrale et son asymétrie dans le fond.
Il a une belle tour très mince et pointu avec une oeuvre d'art magnifique.
Excellente perspective et un bon contrôle de la lumière malgré la difficulté.
emka (102484) 2011-09-15 15:36
Hi Stephen, I would give a bit more space on the right side but maybe it was not possible. Interesting cathedral, so small and asymmetrical. Fine mix of different styles. nice light, beautiful sky.
wolf38 (31296) 2012-10-04 22:42
Hi Stephen. What an impressive architecture. The church is a special attraction. Good and informative text as always.
pierrefonds (68837) 2013-04-22 8:07
The tight frame is putting the cathedral in evidence. The point of view is allowing me to distinguish the détails and colour of the architecture of the cathedral of the Assumption. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (103197)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 10 D, Canon 28-80 3,5-4,8 USM IV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/90 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-15 0:20