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The Cathedral of Saint-Pierre: photo, description Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers)

The chair of the Archbishop of Poitiers was founded in the III century, she is now in St. Peter's Cathedral, whose construction began in the XII century.

Cathedral began to build on the site of the destroyed Church of St. Elyria, consecrated the first Bishop of Poitiers. The Cathedral was built near the baptistery of St. John and the Church of Notre-Dame-La-Grande. The initiator of the construction of the temple became Henry II of England, he also financed the work from its own funds. Therefore, the Church is considered an example of a particular architectural direction - Angevin Gothic style, also called style Plantagenet. The difference between this style from, for example, are more high Gothic vaults.

Angevin style in the construction of the Cathedral was used exactly to the shift of Royal power - come to the Board at the end of XII century, Philip the Second, who had other architectural preferences, continued the construction of a Church in French Gothic style.

Facade of the Cathedral was built in the mid-thirteenth century. The tympanum of the Central entrance is decorated with sculptural images of the scene of judgment day. In the design of the lateral portals used images of the virgin Mary and of Thomas the unbeliever.

After the French revolution, the Cathedral has lost the status of a Cathedral, which after some time were returned to him. The temple is a national historic monument since 1875.

The apse is decorated with stained glass of the XII century, depicting the crucifixion surrounded by saints and donators (noble persons who funded the construction of the temple and the creation of stained glass). Among the donators are depicted himself and Henry II of England with his wife Leeroy of Aquitaine. In other sections of the stained glass is laid out biblical scenes: the Ascension, trials of St. Peter and the beheading of the Apostle Paul. In the interior of the Church is preserved a carved antique furniture, the altar is Baroque, made of black marble, and an organ made by master of Veuve Clicquot in the XVIII century.