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Old Church Saint-Sauveur (Holy Savior Cathedral): photo description (Eglise du Vieux Saint-Sauveur de Caen)

The old Church of the Holy Saviour is situated in the centre of the Old city of Caen, located in Northwest France, lower Normandy region. Interestingly, for a long period of time Kahn was considered a British territory and returned to France only in 1450. He is also known for its medieval castle of the XI century, which is one of the largest and oldest FORTS in the West of Europe.

The old Church of the Holy Savior is also a very old building. It is believed that it was built during the reign of the Carolingian dynasty, approximately in XI-XII centuries. The first documented mention of this Church refers to the 1130 - it was called the "Cathedral of the Holy Savior, on the Market square". The Church was rebuilt in the XIV-XV centuries, to her appearance were added elements of the Gothic style. And 1530-1546 years the building was attached to a dainty room reserved under the choir loft, which is a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic.

In 1698, to expand the area on which stands the Cathedral, it was decided to destroy the Church cemetery. And at the end of the XVIII century in the course of large-scale development of this area was damaged the unique portal of the Cathedral, which had virtually rebuilt in the style of classicism.

In 1791, the Church decided to close, and the parish center located in the old Church of the monastery of cordelieres, which was renamed New Church of the Holy Savior. After the French revolution, the Church finally lost its sacred value and was converted into a barn. The building was badly damaged during the Second world war in 1944, it was left without a graceful Gothic spire, which was crowned by the construction of the XVI century. Despite the meticulous restoration work carried out in the late 80-ies, the spire was never able to recover. But at the vaulted ceiling of the Cathedral were discovered the amazing frescoes in the Renaissance style, executed in the sixteenth century.