ARCHITECT, French
(active 1120-1146 in Burgundy)

Exterior view

1120-46
Photo
Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Vézelay (Yonne)

The monastery of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine was founded in 858. In 1104 the eastern part of the Carolingian structure was replaced with a new structure, followed in 1120 by the nave which still stands today.

In the nave cross-shaped piers with engaged columns on all four sides carry the underarch supports of the arcades and the transverse arches of the vaulting. The church is groin-vaulted in both the nave and the aisles. Because of the bigger windows the interior is considerably brighter than with barrel vaulted naves.

The photo shows a view from south-west.




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