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Cathedrals 3:
photographs 2, Poitiers

Window of the crucifixion in St Peter's Cathedral, Poitiers. image, 2004

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Cathedrals 3: Poitiers, neglected masterpiece


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Cathedral of St Peter, Poitiers (end of twelfth century)
grisaille window
tiered stone bench
exterior view of Poitiers cathedral
two other Romanesque churches in Poitiers
sketch map of Poitiers city centre

  • analysis of a stained glass story window at Rouen
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  • grisaille window

    One of four grisaille windows at Poitiers Cathedral.

    grisaaille window at Poitiers cathedral


    stone bench

    Red arrow points to top step of stone bench. There are two further step-seats below the indicated seat. This is an unusual arrangement; it is only on the north side of the nave. It is a very nice place from which to paint, or watch and absorb.

    bank of stone seats at Poitiers cathedral

    Similar stone benches can also be seen in another great Angevin structure, the magnificent cathedral at Le Mans. It is said that the benches provided seating for the old, the infirm and for weary pilgrims, while in the main body of the church there was no seating. People leant on sticks and staves during the services.


    exterior view

    View chosen to show the barn nature of Poitiers cathedral.

    exterior of Poitiers cathedral


    two other Romanesque churches in Poitiers

    Notre Dame laande, Poitiers

    St Radegonde Church, Poitiers

    Above: inside Eglise St Radegonde

    Left: inside Eglise Notre Dame la Grande


    sketch map of Poitiers city centre
    [not all streets marked]

    sketch map of Poitiers city centre l'église Radegonde First of three further photographs of the Cathedral de Saint Pierre l'église Notre-dame-la-grande
    This sketch map does not indicate the hills, which can be quite tiring in the summer heat.


    Related photographs - on Poitiers cathedral, photos page 1

    The main east window, Cathedral of St Peter, Poitiers (end of twelfth century)
    The ‘ascension’ of Jesus, with two angels
    Crucifixion of Jesus
    Crucifixion of Peter

    Story window:
    Lot and Abraham


    ‘ascension’ of Jesus
    on crucifixion of Jesus
    on crucifixion of Peter

    on story window: Lot and Abraham



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