Germigny-Des-Pres Oratory Germigny-des-Pres, France 806
This Carolingian oratory near Orléans was built in 806 by Bishop Theodulf, Charlemagne's adviser. Containing rare Byzantine mosaics, it is one of the oldest and most unique churches in France.
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- Germigny-des-Pres OratoryOratoire de Germigny-des-PrésCarolingian OratoryGermigny-des-Prés Parish Church
- 47.846222° N, 2.266788° E
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- 806 constructed
Overviewby Holly Hayes
August 27, 2011
The Germigny-des-Prés Oratory is important and interesting not only as a rare Carolingian survivor in France, but also for its unique architectural influences. The chapel's style is unique among Carolingian architecture in several ways, mainly because it is inspired more by contemporary Visigothic, Moorish, Byzantine and even Armenian work than by old Roman buildings (as with most other Carolingian architecture). Oriental influences are most clearly seen in the horseshoe arches and magnificent apse mosaic, but the ground plan is also from the East - particularly Armenia. continue reading →
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