Burgundy Sights

Basilique St-Urbain

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 10/16/2017

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information

Address:

Pl. Vernie, Troyes, Grand-Est, 10000, France

Phone:

/03–25–73–37–13

Published 10/16/2017

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