Avignon

    Basilique Saint Pierre

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    28 Rue Carreterie

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    Avignon

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    The first building was erected in the 7th century, only to be destroyed by the Saracens. It is said to have housed the tombs of the first bishops of Avignon, including St Agricol’s. It was thanks to the generosity of Cardinal Pierre des Prés that the buildings in the canon and cloister (which are no longer extant) were erected in 1358. Pope Innocent VI established it as a collegiate church. The nave was extended in the 15th century and new chapels were added. The square in front of the church dates from 1486, although the bell tower only dates back to 1495, and the façade, with its wealth of flamboyant decoration dotted with Mannerist allusions, was completed between 1511 and 1524. The wooden doors, which are a fine example of Renaissance art in Provence, were carved by Antoine Villard in 1551. The Virgin, which is located between the two doors crafted with such skill, was carved by Péru. Among the noteworthy items inside the church, take the time to admire the cantor’s pulpit and the richly-decorated 17th-century choir. The building was classified as a historic monument in 1840. The first building was erected in the 7th century, only to be destroyed by the Saracens. It is said to have housed the tombs of the first bishops of Avignon, including St Agricol’s. It was thanks to the generosity of Cardinal Pierre des Prés that the buildings in the canon and cloister (which are no longer extant) were erected in 1358. Pope Innocent VI established it as a collegiate church. The nave was extended in the 15th century and new chapels were added. The square in front of the church dates from 1486, although the bell tower only dates back to 1495, and the façade, with its wealth of flamboyant decoration dotted with Mannerist allusions, was completed between 1511 and 1524. The wooden doors, which are a fine example of Renaissance art in Provence, were carved by Antoine Villard in 1551. The Virgin, which is located between the two doors crafted with such skill, was carved by Péru. Among the noteworthy items inside the church, take the time to admire the cantor’s pulpit and the richly-decorated 17th-century choir. The building was classified as a historic monument in 1840.


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