Monday, January 25, 2021

Le chevet

The chevet (apse) of a catholic church contains the chancel, the choir, the ambulatory, and, often, apsidal chapels. This is a shot of the upper portion of the apse in the abbey church at Fontevraud. The church is not a cathedral. In fact, it's technically not even a church, having been "supressed" at the time of the French revolution.

Inside the apse of the church at Fontevraud abbey, September 2003.

The complex was converted to use as a prison in the nineteenth century, then became the property of the French Ministry of Culture in 1963. According to Wikipedia, a major restoration was done in the 1970s and the complex opened to the public in 1985.

4 comments:

  1. I was going to ask about a restoration. The marble is so pristine.

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  2. This apse is absolutely marvellous!

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  3. mitch, not sure if it's marble, but it sure is pretty.

    chm, :)

    michael, :)

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