The cloister of the church of St. Sauveur is one hindred years older than the church. It is Romanesque and was built between 1180 and the early years of the 13C at the same time as the cloister at Arles. It is rectangular and has bas relief statues at the corners. There are pairs of delicate columns between the ends that are topped by capitals that have floral or human figures. The columns of the inner row are round whiie the outer ones are hexagonal.
The five bays of the msin church are covered by groined vaulting. In the second bay is thetryptich by N. Froment done in 1476 and commissioned by King Rene, featuring him in one of the lateral panels. Much of the south wall of the single aisle nave is from a previous church of the 11C on this site.
The Gothic style cathedral. St.Sauveur, was started in 1285 and has a 5 bay nave, transept and choir backed by St. Mitre's chapel. The south nave wall is Romanesque from the older 11C church and leads into the 5C Baptistry. The west facade of the Gothic part is particularly known for its carved double doors done by a sculptor of Toulouse, Jean Guiramand with the four major prophets below and 12 sibyls above. The doors and a great painting inside the church are only shown at certain hours (such as 2-4 PM). The rest of the facade is of 15C as is the octogonal tower, started in 1322, finished inthe 15C and restored in the 19C.
The Cathédrale St-Sauveur (St Savior's Cathedral) was built and rebuilt from the 12th to the 19th century on the site of the 1st century Roman forum of Aix. You can find Romaneque, Gothic and Neo-Gothic elements.
This is one of the oldest churches in France. It has been estimated that the oldest part was built in 2th or 5th Century.
Its one of the most famous church in France. The internal garden is really beautiful and is a masterpiece.
The Church of The Holy Savior in Aix is very beautiful. The Church is unbelievable inside and out. The interiors are a bit dark but there are some night stained glass windows. The church organ and gothic alter are very impressive. The church has a brightly lit Baptistry that opens into the Cloister outside. The beautiful marble, stone figures, artwork and relics were simply beautiful. I'm not a fan of organized religion but I can appreciate the beauty and artistry of this Cathedral.
The cathedral of Saint-Sauveur was built on a temple of Apollo and developed during the 5th and 18th centuries. It contains Roman, early Christian, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles of architecture. The main altar however is a very modern piece.
The tower of the cathedral was built between 1323 and 1425.
This CATHEDRAL ST. SAUVEUR was built, rebuilt and extended start=ing in the 5th Century uptill the 16th Century.
The portal is wonderfully Romanesque-Gothic and the interior is splendid.
There is a FONT dating back to the 5th Century and.....most wonderful discovery was the 26 Flemish Tapestries, so unexpected a find which brightened my day!
Next to the Cathedral is a small but beautiful, very atmospheric CLOîTRE...see photograph....a real place for contemplation and reflection....
This photo shows the Merovingian baptistry inside the cathedral. At the time, the Marovingians did not mean much to me, but when we returned to the USA we arrived just in time to catch the Matrix Reloaded, and one of the characters was called "the Merovingian", so I became further interested. The Merovingians ruled France before the Carolingian kings took over (the most notable of the Carolingians was Charlemagne). Soem claim a link between the Merovingians and Mary Magdeline...I wouldn't know anything about that.
The photo shows the front of La Cathedrale St. Saveur. This cathedral is an amalgam of various types of architecture: 16th century walnut doors, a Merovingian baptistry, and Romanesque cloisters. Froment's "Triptych of the Burning Bush" dates back to the 13th century.
In the north of the town is the golden and surprising cathedral. Make your way through crowds of American students, who take courses at the American school opposite, and you will find architecture featuring just about every major period from the fifth to the eighteenth centuries. It is a calm wonder inside, and it's huge colourful walls are lit by subtle, colourful windows. It is worth coming here just before Christmas, when there are choral services for the English and American communities. Just below, in "La Cave", there are regular social gatherings celebrating the various cultures of the world, represented by foreign students in Aix. This takes place every Tuesday.