VAUDOYER, Léon
(b. 1803, Paris, 1872, Paris)

Interior view

1852
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Cathedral, Marseille

In the cathedral, a synthesis of Roman, Byzantine, medieval and Renaissance forms, Vaudoyer wove together spatial, structural and decorative elements from the succession of architectural styles that had superseded each other both in Marseille and in the development of the French cathedral; its plan combined the basilica, a domed Greek cross and an ambulatory with radiating chapels reminiscent of a medieval pilgrimage church.