The Cathédrale Notre-Dame of Évreux!!!

Another wonderful monument in Evreux, dept 27 of the Eure in the Normandie region of my belle France. I had this minimally mentioned in another post and decided to split the old post into the wonderful monuments you can see in this nice layback Norman town. Therefore, here is my brief take on the Notre Dame Cathedral of Evreux!!!

The magnificent Cathédrale Notre Dame d’Evreux is fantastic;first mentioned in 912 and consecrated in 1077 and renovated after many fires, the dimensions are 109 meters long, height at the nave is 22 meters,the lenght of the nave is 25 meters, high of the choir is 24 meters and lenght of the choir is 32 meters. 13 chapels where the enclosure in wood dates from the 16C.  You must stop by the Chapel the Mother of God, a gift from king Louis XI  ,it keeps a Virgin with a Child from the 15C. At the entrance stands a Pieta, dated from the 17C in painted wood. It has a magnificent modern organ with many activities.

Evreux cathedral de notre dame front afar jan11

Notre-Dame Cathedral is a Gothic-style cathedral. As early as 912, Archbishop Francon of Rouen presented it to Duke Rollon as one of the most venerable churches in Normandy. The current cathedral is a synthesis of successive styles: the radiant then flamboyant Gothic architecture and the architecture of the French Second Renaissance.  The diocese of Évreux was erected in the 4C. According to the legend an 11C monk in the Vita Sancti Taurini, Saint Taurin , Christianized an ancient pagan temple to become the first church.

Gallo-Roman column bases and a Corinthian capital were discovered during the installation of a heater under the south transept transept.  During work in the courtyard of the bishopric in 1857, a carved stone dated to the 7C was discovered, pierced in the center with a circular opening. It would be a fenestella confessionis, a slab pierced to present the relics to the faithful.  A Gallo-Roman stone basin was found on the south side of the nave, near the transept, in the usual location for a baptistery in an episcopal group. It would have served as a baptismal basin.

The Notre Dame Cathedral was completed under Bishop Gilbert II de la Grue and consecrated to the Virgin in 1077 by the Archbishop of Rouen, Jean d’Ivry. Some vestiges of this church were unearthed in 1892 during the repair of the paving and the lowering of the level of the sanctuary. It is a semicircular wall and an axial absidiole.  Following the massacre of 300 French knights in 1195 at Évreux by John the Landless, Philippe Auguste besieged the town and burned it. Taken over by Richard the Lionheart, Philippe Auguste burned it again in 1198.  On May 22, 1199, Évreux was attached to the domain of the King of France.

The large arcades of the nave, spared by the fire, are preserved. Work on the triforium took place around 1225-1230, in a radiant Gothic style. The aisle chapels, five on each side, were added between the abutments of the flying buttresses in the late 13C, early 14C. A first organ, was installed in the cathedral in 1549. The present organ was built in 2006.

Evreux Cathedral de notre dame treasury jan11

Evreux cathedral de notre dame organ back jan11

The Chapel of the Mother of God is an apsidal chapel and was built between 1461 and 1470 in commemoration of the coronation of Louis XI. There is a Virgin and Child, a polychrome stone statue, which dates from the beginning of the 16C, and a painting by Gian Antonio Guardi, Christ Appearing to the Pilgrims at Emmaus.

Evreux Cathedral de notre dame chapel mother of God jan11

Promised for sale to be demolished, the cathedral suffered destruction during the French revolution: the decoration of the tympanum disappeared; the 56 16C statues surmounting the north portal are broken and serve as the foundation for a bridge. The Notre Dame Cathedral was strongly restored in the 19C. Renovation work, completed in 1973, restored the building to its former glory and its vigorous silver bell tower, a high spire crowning the lantern tower of the transept which dominates it from the Middle Ages.

The Evreux tourist office on its heritage

The Eure dept 27 tourist office on the Notre Dame Cathedral

The organ of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Evreux:

There you go folks, a dandy monument to visit and close to all the major attractions listed in my posts on Evreux. The Cathédrale Notre Dame d’Evreux is worth the detour. Hope you enjoy the brief post on this wonderful monument.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Responses to “The Cathédrale Notre-Dame of Évreux!!!”

  1. thanks merci gracias obrigado



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