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Church. John the Baptist: photos, description Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Megeve)

The Church of St. John the Baptist stands in the center of Megeve ski resort in the South-East of France, the rhône - Alpes region. Across the street from the Cathedral is the city hall.

It is believed that the first religious buildings in this area appeared in the XII century, when here came the monks of the famous Benedictine monastery of St. Michael the Archangel, located in the mountain valley of Val di Susa in the territory of modern Italy. They founded the parish of St. John the Baptist. One hundred years later the first Church was greatly increased in size. Thus has preserved some of the details of medieval buildings, Dating from the year 1202.

The city has repeatedly sparked devastating fires, for example, in 1728 and 1754. During the last burned down the Church tower, which was restored in the XIX century. The back portal of the Cathedral, adorned with various sculptures, was completely rebuilt in 1872. But the main entrance to the Church has managed to preserve almost intact - these powerful wooden doors were completed in 1622.

The Church of St. John the Baptist is characterized by lush interior, which is interspersed elements such as Baroque style, and the flamboyant Gothic style. Particularly worth mentioning is the fanciful Gothic choirs with an elegant altar 1731, which managed to recover after the French revolution. Wall painting of the Cathedral was mainly completed in 1827 by an Italian artist, Muchinga. And in 1956 to the interior of the Church was added another bright detail - 14 enamelled plaques representing the way of the cross of Jesus Christ.

In the Church tower is 11 bells, which form a Carillon. The oldest bell was made in 1783, and weighs only 650 kilograms, while the heaviest reaches 3000 pounds.

Since 1988 the Church of St. John the Baptist is a monument of art and culture of France and is under state protection.