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Basilique St-Urbain

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Basilique St-Urbain Review

Started in 1261 and eventually consecrated in 1389 by Pope Urban IV (a native son), St-Urbain is one of the most remarkable churches in France—a perfect culmination of the Gothic quest to replace stone walls with stained glass. Its narrow porch frames a 13th-century Last Judgment tympanum, whose highly worked elements include a frieze of the dead rising out of their coffins (witness the grimacing skeleton) and an enormous crayfish (a testament to the local river culture). Inside, a chapel on the south side houses the Vièrge au Raisin (Virgin with Grapes), clutching Jesus with one hand and a bunch of Champagne grapes in the other.

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  • Address: Pl. Vernie, Troyes, 10000 | Map It
  • Phone: /03–25–73–37–13
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: May–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 10–12:30 and 2–7, Sun. 2–7; Oct.–April, Mon.–Sat. 9:30–12:30 and 2–5, Sun. 2–5
  • Location: Troyes
Updated: 04-08-2014

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