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The Cathedral Of St. Louis: photo description (Cathedrale Saint-Louis de Blois)

The Cathedral in Blois was consecrated in honor of Louis XIV in the late seventeenth century, after it was formed a new diocese with the center in Blois, the Cathedral was given the status of Cathedral. At the same time, the monarch gave the Church a body, and in return received the dedication of the temple by its name. The square where the Cathedral is, also bears the name of St. Louis.

St. Louis Cathedral was built in the place of others, previously constructed religious structures. In VI century there was a chapel of St. Peter, the place where five centuries later a Church was built in the Romanesque style. Excavations that were carried out in the first third of the twentieth century, found under the remains of an ancient chapel, underground crypt, where were buried the bishops of Blois, among whom was the Holy Sollenis.

That he meant to dedicate the new Cathedral, whose construction began in 1544. During the life of the Holy Solennes headed the diocese of Chartres, she was later highlighted in the diocese of Blois. The construction lasted quite a long time and ended only to 1700. Perhaps the completion of the "unfinished" helped in one case: in 1678, during a hurricane struck the unfinished nave of the Church. Restore it and continue operation helped the participation of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the former de facto head of the government of Louis XIV. Colbert assisted because Blois was the native city of his wife.

Later at the temple there were two outbuildings - Notre-Dame chapel (1860) and deambulatory (1867). The temple was decorated with numerous historic stained glass Windows, which, unfortunately, was lost during the Second World war. Now you can see the stained glass Windows of modern work - they came in 2000, thanks to the master Jean Moret and artist Jan Dibbets. The total area of these works is 360 square meters. The temple is also decorated with a triangular pediment and ionic columns and Corinthian orders. These items are the classic style side by side with Gothic elements - the shapes of the gargoyles and ornate towers-pinnacles.