Nave of Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais Postcard

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Nave of Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais

Nave of Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais, France

The nave of the church (1600–1620) is notable for its dramatic height and the simplicity and purity of its lines. While the lower level of the nave is late gothic, the upper level of the nave shows the influence of the Renaissance, with large semi-circular arches containing a series of large stained glass windows, filling the church with light. The upper windows are 21st-century, by Claude Courageux, illustrating the story of Adam and Eve, Noah's ark, and the patriarchs and their spouses. These were installed in the early 2000s. Eglise Saint Gervais was built over a period of nearly one hundred and fifty years with long periods of interruption. The new facade was added in the early 17th century so when you look at the baroque facade, walking inside to the gothic interior is a bit of a surprise . . . but a delightful one.

Photo by Beausoleil

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