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The Dominican Church in Arles: photo description (Eglise des Dominicains d'arles)

In the XII century in Arles was built the convent of Dominican friars. At the end of the XV century in its ensemble appeared Church. To date, most of the buildings of the monastery have not survived, but the Church building is the largest building of Arles in the Gothic style. The Church is called the Church of the brethren preachers. It is on the banks of the Rhone river near the bridge Trancey and the Cathedral.

The construction of the Church was completed in 1484. For buildings used grey stone, on either side of the main building of the temple were built two chapels, and the Church Windows were decorated with stained glass pattern stained glass. To the present time much in the appearance of the Church also has not survived. For example, from the stained glass paintings came only remnants of which can be judged only on the color of glass - among them you can see yellow, brown and green fragments. The Church building was considered one of the most beautiful in the city, but now it is difficult to judge, as all the interior decoration and furnishings were also lost.

The building of the temple, partially covered by later buildings, but the facade in the style of "flaming Gothic" has been preserved almost in its original form. Its Eastern part is divided in two high tower.

The Dominican monastery, part of which was the Church, was demolished and rebuilt in the XIV century. During the great French revolution the Church suffered the fate of many sacral buildings - it was adapted for a warehouse. Part of the monastic buildings were demolished, freeing up space for the construction of hydroelectric power. In the 80-ies of the last century by the owner of the Church became a municipality. At the initiative of the authorities here were excavated temple graves, during which opened the floor of the Church, and restoration - in particular, cosmetic survived the sculptures of the XVI - XVII centuries.