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Chapel Saint-Quenin

Monument in Vaison-la-Romaine

Chapel Saint-Quenin - Monument in Vaison-la-Romaine

The chapel, dedicated to St. Quenin, Vaison the sixth century bishop and patron of the city, is a Romanesque building, built in the second half of the twelfth century. The nave was rebuilt between 1630 and 1636, thanks to the bishop, Bishop Suares.



The originality of this chapel, classified "historic monument" in 1840 is its apse "triangular, beautiful wall unit, finesse of the decoration (half-columns with Corinthian capitals) He is succeeded by a plan of massive oblong form of cross. transept, with, in the upper register, three fluted pilasters with Corinthian capitals support an architrave, a frieze and cornice tiles in antique. Note the various characters sometimes inspired by ancient art. " (From Ch. Goudineau Y. Kisch, archaeological guide Vaison-la-Romaine).



In the masonry of the western façade rebuilt in the seventeenth century, one can admire a bas-relief depicting a vase walk giving off two vine branches with grapes and leaves, all topped with a jeweled Latin cross. This pattern represents the arms of Vaison today.



The site, occupied during the Roman period by a necropolis witnessed by many remains, long remained a burial area. For the expansion of the cooperative cellar, an area has been excavated by the Archaeological Service of Vaucluse department: 135 graves (dated between the fifth and the second half of the sixth century) the various forms and sometimes reusing fragments of older architecture were uncovered: chests with entourage and stone coverage, or tile, tombs carved into the rock and simple cover, often in tiles, pit graves without protection.


Other monuments nearby

Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-NazarethVaison-la-Romaine
Archaeological Site of the VillasseVaison-la-Romaine
Archaeological Site of PuyminVaison-la-Romaine
Roman Bridge of Vaison-la-RomaineVaison-la-Romaine
Cathedral Sainte-Marie de l'AssomptionVaison-la-Romaine
Castle of the Comtes de ToulouseVaison-la-Romaine
Chapel Notre-Dame de NazarethEntrechaux (4.1 mi)
Wayside Cross of MalaucèneMalaucène (5.8 mi)


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