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Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus
11000 Carcassonne, France

Photographs taken in November 2015

The Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus (French: Basilique des Saints Nazaire et Celse) is a romanesque-gothic minor basilica, located in the citadel of Carcassonne, France. It is a national monument.

The original church is thought to have been constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Theodoric the Great, ruler of the Visigoths.

On 12 June 1096, Pope Urban II visited the town and blessed the building materials for the construction of the cathedral [Romanesque style].

Around the end of the 13th century, during the rule of kings Philip III, Philip IV, the cathedral was reconstructed in the Gothic style. It remained the cathedral of Carcassonne until 1803.

The Church of Saints Nazarius and Celsus obtained the status of historical monument in 1840. Around this time, the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc renovated the church along with the rest of the citadel. In 1898, the church was elevated to a minor basilica.

               - Wikipedia: Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus (online Dec. 2015)

North elevation:   Romanesque style

North elevation:  Romanesque ...  Compound arch ... Note corbel table under the cornice  ...  Three corbels detailed below:

North elevation:  Grotesque corbels on corbel table

Southern transept - Gothic style

Southern transept Quatrefoil tracery over Gothic style compound arches and gargoyles

Southern transept - Gothic style  gargoyle


Eight stained glass window details below:

Upper left medallion:  "Patrus": St. Peter ... Upper right: "Palus": St. Paul

Left medallion: Jesus Gives St. Peter  the Key to Heaven

Upper right: "Palus": St. Paul  ... Lower left: Viollet

Right panel:  Two details below:

Mary, Jesus, and Joseph (?)

Transept ... Three rose window details below:

Transept ...  Rose window

Transept ...  Rose window

Transept ...  Rose window

Nave geometric stained glass window ... Same window edited below:

Window detail below:

Baroque style pulpit

Photos and their arrangement © 2015 Chuck LaChiusa
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