Collegiate Church Notre-Dame

Vernon, France

The Notre Dame Church Collegiate is considered one of the most beautiful examples of medieval architecture in France. Built between the 11th and 16th century, the collegiate contains different architectural styles. Where the altar and the transept are Romanesque style, the rest of the building was rebuilt in three different Gothic (namely Early, Flamboyant and Perpendicular Gothic) styles. The organs date back to the beginning of the 17th century and which was restored in 1979. Some magnificent abstract-style stained glass windows were inserted in the 1970’s to replace those destroyed during World War II.

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Founded: 1072
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Arunkumar T (2 years ago)
Such nice chruch in Vernon..
Arunkumar T (2 years ago)
Such nice chruch in Vernon..
Shantha Kumar (3 years ago)
Nice place and never to miss
Shantha Kumar (3 years ago)
Nice place and never to miss
George Wilkerson (3 years ago)
Beautiful church with an interesting past. Luckily most of it survived world war 2.
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