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Patio Pallet: photos, description (Cloitre de la Psalette)

Patio Pallet is part of the city's Cathedral Tour, located in the Central region of France. The temple itself was begun in 1170 and completed only after almost 400 years in 1547. It is made in Gothic style and consecrated in honor of St. Gatien, the first Bishop of tours, who lived in the III century.

The cloister in the Cathedral was also completed in the XVI century, the most ancient parts of the galleries Dating back to 1442. It is a masterpiece of Gothic art of the late middle Ages.

The distinctive detail of the inner courtyard of ornate spiral stone staircase in the North-Eastern section of the cloister. It is an exact replica of the staircase of king Francis I in his Royal residence in the castle of Blois.

Interestingly the origin of the name of the cloister - the word "pallet" is derived from the word "Psalm." It is known that the inner courtyard was adjacent Chora Church and music College, open at the Cathedral. That is, during the middle Ages from every corner of the cloister could be heard chants and singing solemn hymns of the Bible. So he got the second "telling" name - "yard singing".

It should be noted that the clergy of the Cathedral Saint-Gatien, not only do music - this place has become an influential cultural centre thanks to its extensive library. And to the XIII century before the spread of the printing press functioned in the large scriptorium - workshop correspondence manuscripts. Unfortunately, after the great French revolution, many temples and other sacred buildings were closed and their assets were sold. Thus, after 1793, many of the books and documents of the library of the Cathedral was irretrievably lost.

The cloisters escaped destruction. In 1889 he entered the list of monuments of history and culture of France. He is now under state protection.

Patio Pallett became a "hero" of the novel by the famous French writer Onore de Balzac "the Priest of the Tour," included in his major series of works "Sketches of manners", which tells about the everyday life of post-revolutionary France.