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We visited the Saint-Germain church in Argentan

The church takes its name from Saint-Germain, bishop of Auxerre, who passed to Argentan
around 435.
Its construction began in the 15th century and was completed in the 18th century,
resulting in a mixture of architectural styles.
It thus presents to the north a majestic porch which dates from the 15th century,
a Gothic nave and transept and a Renaissance apse.
The lantern tower, integrated into the main building, rises above the transept crossing. 
It is characteristic of large “Norman-style” churches.
The building has been classified as a historic monument in 1886 and 1889.

The Saint-Germain church in Argentan – Photos HJLepetit (click on the image to enlarge it)

Commemoration of May 8, 1945

May 8, 1945 at the chapel of Saint-Maclou

 

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This May 8, 2024, from 10:00 a.m., on the occasion of the ceremony commemorating the victory of 1945, the doors of the chapel were open.
The people and personalities present during this ceremony appreciated being able to access the interior of the chapel and for some, it was the first time!Documentation on this 11th century chapel was available to our day visitors.

Everyone’s satisfaction encourages us to renew this initiative.

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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)