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Chapel Saint-Quenin

Monument in Vaison-la-Romaine

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Chapel Notre-Dame de NazarethEntrechaux (4.1 mi)
Wayside Cross of MalaucèneMalaucène (5.8 mi)

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