Saint-Yved de Braine

Braine, France

Saint-Yved is a church in Braine, Aisne in which the Counts of Dreux are buried. It was dedicated to Saint Yved, whose relics were brought to Braine in the ninth century. Originally a chapter of secular canons, the the abbey was given to the Premonstratensian order by the Bishop of Soissons in 1130.

Braine is an ancient land steeped in history at the crossroads of an ancient Roman road. At an early date it was the summer residence of the Merovingian and Carolingian kings. Through inheritance it became the property of the Counts of Dreux, the younger branch of the Capetians. The latter strengthened the castle of Folie, which was reduced to ruins in World War I. Of the castle there now remains only the entry and the cellars. From the Middle Ages there also survives the remains of a half-timbered house and the abbey church of Saint-Yved. This church was classified as historical monument in 1840.

The abbey church was built at the request of Agnès de Baudement, wife of Robert I, Count of Dreux, according to the plans of Andre de Baudement. It is distinguished by the tympanum of the central portal, which has been saved. This was restored behind the current facade. With four bays, the nave joins the transept by a remarkable lantern tower rising to 33 metres. The plan of the apse has an excellent and rare disposition. Some of the sculptures of the portal are deposited in the museum of Soissons .

The Abbey was the necropolis of the Capetian counts of Dreux and from the ninth century to the French Revolution was the custodian of the relics of Saint Yved and Saint Victricius. The relics were moved to the cathedral of Rouen in the nineteenth century.

Before the revolution the Church of Saint Yved and Notre Dame contained magnificent tombs covered with enameled copper tiles, whose drawings are now in the Gaignères collection in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The abbey suffered greatly during the Revolution, and was gradually demolished. According to the Dictionnaire raisonné de l'architecture few other buildings better show the symmetrical system used by master architects of the late twelfth century.'



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Founded: 1180
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Jp Schmitz (11 months ago)
Very beautiful church, what size.
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Closed, damage seen outside superb
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Beautiful church, a place full of history.
Earl Des Aulnes Bouillants (5 years ago)
A bright church with magnificent stained glass windows to the glory of God.
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