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Cathedral. Apollinaire: photo description (Cathedrale Saint-Apollinaire de Valence)

The Cathedral of Valencia was consecrated in honor of St. Apollinaris in 1095 by Pope urban II. The building can be seen on the area of Ormeau, close to Museum of fine arts. The Museum building used to be owned by the Catholic Church - it was built in the XVII century and served local bishops residence.

The Cathedral St-Apollinaire began, as it often was the custom in medieval France, to the earlier buildings. The first building on this spot appeared in the III century. Replacing it with the Cathedral was the epitome of the Romanesque style with some elements of antique. In the XVII century was carried out major reconstruction of the Cathedral, as the building was severely damaged during the religious wars, in particular against fire, and began to collapse. Reconstruction changed the original appearance of the Cathedral, but the prevailing Romanesque style was preserved by the architects. In the second half of the XIX century was reconstructed and the belfry, whose appearance was also changed.

The Cathedral of St. Apollinaire is also known as the place where Napoleon was imprisoned for two years and then died in August 1799 Pope Pius VI. In the Cathedral a monument of the disgraced dad, made by Antonio Canova, a famous Italian sculptor, whose other work can be seen in the museums of the Louvre and the Hermitage. The Cathedral contains other works of art - sculptures of the Roman period in the library of the temple and the paintings in the gallery of the former Seminary.

In addition to the Cathedral St-Apollinaire, valence at different times were built and other temples. For example, John the Baptist Church (XII century), the Notre Dame Cathedral (XIX century), the Church of St. Rufus, left over from an ancient Abbey.