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Church of Saint-Pierre-Le-Puy: photos, description Eglise Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier Orleans)

Church of Saint-Pierre-Le-Puy located in the heart of a large city Orleans. Approximately a hundred meters from the Church is the embankment of the river Loire. It is believed that this Church is the oldest preserved religious building in the city. However, since 1958 it has lost its sacred purpose she is now used as a concert and exhibition hall.

The first mention of this building dates back to 840 - there is the Church of St. Peter appears as a funerary chapel, is part of the convent. The modern Church building was built in the XII century and is a typical example of architecture of this century. However, it was rebuilt several times. The oldest part is the South - there remained vaulted ceiling and supporting a square stone columns. West portal, with small Windows and graceful arcades of small columns were finished in the XIII century.

In 1562-1567 years the building was almost destroyed by the Huguenots, and adorned her most valuable sculptures were irretrievably lost. Restoration work was carried out at the end of XVI-early XVII century, when it was completed the upper level of the bell tower.

During the great French revolution, the Church, like many other religious buildings were converted into a warehouse or a barn. She again became the centre of the parish in 1827, but during the Second world war was again badly damaged and therefore lost its sacred purpose. Extensive repair works lasted ten years and ended only in 1976.

Now the former Church of Saint-Pierre-Le-Puy serves as a major cultural centre in the year it takes about ten diverse exhibitions of contemporary art.