France travel guide


France Travel Guide

France Architecture

France is a country rich in architecture. You can spend all your days day walking through the streets of Paris, or any other region, visiting the museums, and taking pictures next to one of the many impressive monuments. France has many old monuments and some of them they are in well good condition like the Maison Carrée and the Pont du Gard near Nîmes.

The Carolingian dynasty of Charlemagne was a period of innovative buildings, using the Romanesque architecture, which gave rise to the architecture of the Romanesque period. Many works of art were constructed in France during this period such as Gothic style cathedrals, an example of which is Chartres Cathedral (begun 1194), St. Sernin, Toulouse (1080-1120) and Ste-Madeleine Church Vézelay (1089-1206). France Architecture

The term Romanesque comes from the buildings of the Roman Empire. The Romanesque style incorporates elements of Byzantine and Eastern origin and it is thought to have been a response to the needs of monasteries and churches, with the stone vault being one of the most successful Romanesque innovations. Each region has its own Romanesque style which reflects the regional traditions and customs The Benedictine monastery church at Cluny in Burgundy is the largest and most important Romanesque building in France. Cluny was once the centre of the Benedictine order in France. France Architecture

« The Gothic Period
« The Renaissance Period
« The Baroque and Rococo Period
« The nineteenth century
« The twentieth century

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