(active 1560s)

The Calvinist Temple at Lyon

Oil on panel
Bibliothèque Publique et Universitaire, Geneva

As part of their return to apostolic purity, all the Protestant churches were in some measure hostile to the representation of God in human form, to the use of images in worship, to praying to saints, and to the mediating role of the priesthood. A French Protestant church is bare of images, the only decoration being texts and heraldry. Instead of an altar, the pulpit is the focus of the service.

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