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Burgundy Sights

Basilique St-Urbain

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Started in 1261 by Pope Urban IV (a native son) and eventually consecrated in 1389, 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). Look for a carved crayfish on one of the statue's niches (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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Pl. Vernie, Troyes, 10000, France



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  • May–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 10–12:30 and 2–7, Sun. 2–7; Oct.–Apr., Mon.–Sat. 9:30–12:30 and 2–5, Sun. 2–5


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