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We visited the Basilica di Santa Caterina di Alessandria in Galatina

Saint Catherine’s Basilica is located in Galatina in the region of Apulia in Italy south.
From Romanesque-Gothic style, it represents one of the most beautiful artistic
jewels of Salento
It was built between 1384 and 1391 by Count Raimondello Orsini-Del Balzo following his
triumphant return from the Holy Land, from where he brought back a relic of Saint Catherine.
His wife Marie d’Enghien had the walls and vaults completely covered with a sumptuous cycle of frescoes, for which she made call for artists from different regions of Italy,
from the Giottesque and Sienese schools.

The facade is embellished by a very detailed rose window and by a main portal whose archivolts show astonishing animal and plant decoration.
Inside, we will notice the scale of the volumes and the large ribbed vaults.
The fresco cycle consists of approximately 150 scenes.

The Basilica di Santa Caterina di Alessandria – Photos HJLepetit (click on the image to enlarge it)

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We visited the Saint-Philibert chapel in Lanvern

The Saint-Philibert de Lanvern chapel is in Ploneour-Lanvern in Finistère.
It was built in the 11th century and dedicated to Saint Philibert ; it depends on a priory of the abbey of Landévennec.
In retaliation for the revolt of the Red Caps,in 1675 , the bell tower of the chapel is one of those decapitateds under the orders of Louis XIV and the Duke of Chaulnes, governor of Brittany.
The roof collapsed
shortly after the Second World War, successive municipalities having done nothing to save the building.

The site was cleared by a troop of scouts and a cement screed poured on the ridge of the walls to prevent water infiltration in 1967-19682. 

Since 1985, this chapel has been the subject of a magnificent restoration.
The Saint-Philibert chapel in Lanvern – Photos HJLepetit (click on the image to enlarge it)

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We visited the Basilica di Santa Croce in Lecce

The Basilica di Santa Croce is located in Italy, in Lecce in Puglia.
This masterpiece of 17th century Baroque art is the work of the city’s greatest architects, it is the most accomplished example of the particular style of baroque architecture which was developed in the 17th century in Lecce and its region.
It is marked by the abundance and exuberance of the exterior sculpted decoration as interior.
The construction of the basilica spanned almost a century, from 1549 to 1646.
Although it was originally planned in the Renaissance style, most of the work (notably the upper part of the facade and the portals) were undertaken in the 17th century in the new baroque style.

The Basilica di Santa Croce in Lecce – photos HJLepetit (click on the image to enlarge it)

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We visited Notre-Dame Cathedral in Bayeux

Romanesque and Gothic in style, this beauty can only be Norman!
Consecrated in 1077 by the bishop Odon de Conteville in the presence of his half-brother, William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and future King of England, the Notre-Dame de Bayeux cathedral housed within it until the end of the 18th century the famous tapestry which relates, on a little more than 68 meters in one piece, the epic story of William the Conqueror’s conquest of the English throne.

If you pass through Bayeux, this gem is worth a stop!

Emblematic masterpiece of Norman Romanesque and Gothic architecture, rue du Bienvenu 14400 Bayeux, you can’t miss it!
HJLepetit photos (click on the image to enlarge)

We visited the Chapelle de la Madeleine in Mellac

This chapel is located in Finistère, in the town of Mellac, formerly ancient bishopric of Cornwall.
The Madeleine Chapel was built on the site of ‘a leper colony which was managed by the city of Quimperlé.
In the vicinity of the chapel, named Roz an Ankou, was the gallows of justice of the Abbot of Sainte Croix.
This chapel built at the end of the 15th century was magnificently restored at the instigation of a committee of restoration created in 1978.

Chapelle de la Madeleine à Mellac – photos HJLepetit (cliquer sur l’image pour l’agrandir)