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Located in Meaux, a small town just outside of Paris, Meaux Cathedral stands against the test of time. After over three centuries of construction, the cathedral was finally completed in the 16th Century. Due to its lengthy span of construction, visitors can see multiple periods of Gothic architecture under one roof. The spacious interior rises nearly 30 feet (9 meters) and also features an organ dating back to the 17th Century. Meaux Cathedral is truly a sight to see.
Dating back to the 12th Century, Eglise Saint Jacques is among the two oldest churches in the city. A melange of architectural styles, with a Gothic choir, Renaissance chapel, and modern stained-glass windows can be seen at this simple church. The church suffered severe damages during World War I and was restored soon after.
Built in the 18th century, Église Ste-Madeleine is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the city. Peppered it with intricate carvings, brilliant stone working and intriguing architecture, this structure showcases the splendid craftsmanship of the era. Inside, the church is a sight of pure serenity and bliss. Stained glass windows, depict various chapters of the Bible, while some of the walls don famous paintings which date as far back as the 14th century.
The beautiful unassuming Foujita Chapel or The chapel of Our Lady Queen of Peace as it is also called is one of France’s most iconic historic monuments. Consecrated for the first time in 1966 in the charming city of Reims, France the chapel is most famous for its exquisite frescos painted by Tsuguharu Foujita – a Japanese born Catholic convert. The large outstanding frescoes are predominantly painted in tones of blue, green, brown and yellow and mainly depict religious iconography. A personal portrayal of the artist and his wife Kimiko can also be seen on the frescoes. On October 18, 1966 the marvelous monument was donated to the city of Reims and its people. The site is open for public visitation during the months of May through October and on a reservation basis for the rest of the year.
Nestled in Troyes, the Troyes Cathedral impresses you with its magnificent Gothic architectural design. The history of this cathedral can be traced back to the 4th Century and has seen a lot of destruction since then. Initially, this spot had an oratory in 4th Century which was rebuilt as a cathedral in the 9th Century. This cathedral was majorly destroyed during the attacks by Normans and again a Romanesque church was built here. This church was damaged by fire only to be rebuilt as the present Gothic cathedral. The church has been renovated many times since then and has stood the test of time. The interiors of Troyes Cathedral are adorned with stunning art and artifacts collected from over centuries and attracts many history, art and culture enthusiasts for visitation. This Roman Catholic place of worship has been listed as a national monument and is a popular tourist spot in Troyes.
The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims stands on the site where Clovis, the first king of the Franks, was baptized by Saint Remi. An place of worship was built on the site, but was destroyed in 1211. The cathedral that stands today was constructed in the 13th-Century, though many additions and modifications have been made since that time. Many kings of France have been crowned at this beautiful Gothic structure, though it is perhaps just as famous for having stained glass windows designed by renowned artist Marc Chagall. The cathedral celebrated its 800th birthday in 2011. Visitors to the cathedral can admire the intricate carvings and sculptures found throughout its interior or gaze in awe at the structure's exquisite facades.
The Notre-Dame-en-Vaux is located in Chalons-en-Champagne in France and is dedicated to “Our Lady”. It is considered as a masterpiece of Marne which was built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Classified as a historic monument in the 19th century, it is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is titled “roads to St. Jacques de Compostela in France”. Structured in Roman-gothic style, its architecture type is of the Collegiate Churche. Inside the church is the Pipe organ, a depiction of Jamie’s life in stained glass, a painting “Adoration of the Magi” and the Cloister Museum.
One mile from the world renown Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims sits the Saint Remi Basilica. The Basilica was predominately constructed during the 11th century in honor of Saint Remi, the patron saint of Reims, with additions being added from the 11th to 15th centuries. The basilica was heavily damaged during the First World War and had to be completely rebuilt over the following 40 years. Today, the basilica serves as a premier example of Romanesque Architecture as well as a burial ground for important French rulers, such as Carloman (Charlemagne's brother) and Louis IV.
Constructed in 1170 and destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 15th century, the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste was later rebuilt by 1555. The last restoration was done in 1890 for the church's interior, remodeled with stain glass and an altar to Saint Jean Baptiste. Notably, visitors are impressed by the organ music.