Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Abbatial Church Of The Trinity, Fecamp

Fecamp was the site of a monastery from the 7th century on. Richard II, duke of Normandy in the 10th-11th centuries, founded (chartered) a Benedictine abbey during his reign and built an abbatiale church. That church was struck by lightning and burned down--funny, I thought only heretics like me got struck by lightning--and a new church, of cathedral proportions, was built in the 12th-13th centuries. That is the church we see today, with the usual renovations, fashion-changes, etc. It is more than 400 feet in length and replete with interesting features.
What the abbatiale complex looked like in the 17th century

The Mairie replaces most of the abbey structure; something
about a Revolution (I'm writing on 14 juillet!)

OK, the facade doesn't work; one sees this a great deal, especially
in Italy and Spain and Portugal, where the (west) facade is often
the last part of the church/cathedral built...maybe centuries after
the rest

Inside, a pretty Gothic-looking big church (although not very



Some wonderful carving in the various chapels


And thus




Helpful model

Way-old tombs of Richard and Richard II, dukes
of Normandy

Dormition of Mary, late medieval polychrome

Above the Dormition, a 1495 Coronation of Mary

Many of you have written asking what an angel's
foot-print looks like; well, here is one...

"....in the guise of an old man..."

Worn flooring in the aisle

1 comment:

Tawana said...

Love the carvings, the tombs, and, of course, the angel's footprint! Watch out for lightning!