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“Lots of History” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Eglise St-Trophime

Eglise St-Trophime
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Private Tour: Arles and Les Baux de Provence Day Trip from Marseille
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Panama City, Florida
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“Lots of History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

Great Notre Dame. Very old with lots of atmosphere. A sacred space that survived revolution and wars. Close to Roman ruins. Arles has a lot to see in a small space. Easy to get around. It was just a day trip. we will stay longer next time. I looked for a Black Madonna but could not find it.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful entrance!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

We had been here before 2 years ago. The entrance is very dramatic and well worth the visit.

The Church of St. Trophime (Trophimus) is a Roman Catholic church and former cathedral built between the 12th century and the 15th century in the city of Arles, in the Bouches-du-Rhône Department of southern France. The church is an important example of Romanesque architecture, and the sculptures over the portal, particularly the Last Judgement, and the columns in the adjacent cloister, are considered some of the finest examples of Romanesque sculpture.

The church was built upon the site of the 5th century basilica of Arles, named for St. Stephen. In the 15th century a Gothic choir
1365 : (June 4). Following the precedent of Frederick Barbarossa, Emperor Charles IV is crowned king of Arles (Arelat) at St. Trophime Cathedral.
1445 to 1465 The Romanesque abside of the church is replaced by a Gothic choir.
1801 : When the Bishopric moved to Aix-en-Provence, St. Trophime was reclassified as a simple parish church.
1882 : Raised to the level of a minor basilica by Pope Leo XIII.
1981 : Classified a UNESCO world heritage site, as part of the Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments group.

At the time the Cathedral was built, in the late 11th century or early 12th century, Arles was the second-largest city in Provence, with a population of between 15,000 and 20,000 people. It had a busy port on the Rhone River, and two new cities, on either side of the old Roman town, surrounded by a wall. It was at least formally independent as the Kingdom of Arles, and it had attracted many religious orders, including the Knights Hospitalier, the Knights Templar and mendicant orders, which had built a number of churches within the town.
The apse and the transept were probably built first, in the late 11th century, and the nave and bell tower were completed in the second quarter of the 12th century.: The Romaneque church had a long central nave 20 meters high; lower collateral aisles on either side; a transept supporting the square central bell tower; and a chevet behind the altar at the east end with a hemispherical vault. The windows are small and high up on the nave, above the level of the collateral aisles.

The west portal is one of the treasures of Romanesque sculpture, presenting the story of the Apocalypse according to St. John, and the Gospel of St. Matthew. Christ is seated in majesty in the timpanum, with the symbols of the Evangelists around him; the angel of St. Matthew, the lion of St. Mark, the bull of St. Luke, and the eagle of St. John. The Apostles are seated below him. To the left of the portal, a procession of chosen Christians are going to heaven, while to the right sinners are being cast into hell.

The decoration of the portal also includes a multitude of Biblical scenes; the Annunciation; the Baptism of Christ; the Adoration of the Magi, the Magi before Herod; the Massacre of the Innocents; shepherds with their flocks.

On the lower level, separated by pillasters and columns of dark stone, are statues of saints connected with the history of Arles; on the left, St. Bartholomew, St. James the Great, St. Trophimus, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Peter; and on the right, St. Philip, St. James the Just, St. Stephen, St. Andrew, and St. Paul.

The bases of the columns beside the portal are decorated with statues of lions, Samson and Delilah, and Samson and the Lion.

(All above facts from Wikipedia).

Visited October 2013
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Ridgefield, CT
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“Wonderful church...don't pass it by”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

The outside decor of the church catches your eye first. Great carvings telling numerous stories with a great deal of significance. The front doors are beautiful and the interior is filled with tapestries from the town of Aubusson. A chapel is built on an early sarcophagus from around 300 AD. This church has been a stop on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compestela in Spain, for over 800 years! The cloister is right next to the church.

Visited October 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Outside only site”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

The façade is interesting though if you have forgotten or never had any religious instruction make sure you have a book to explain some of the more intricate details. I enjoyed looking at the façade but the inside was really nothing special. I have viewed church's all over so I may be a little churched out.

It is worth a half hour or so of your time while in Arles.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Stone Work for the Ages!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Right next to the Hotel de Ville the ornate facade of the church contrasts in antiquity and craftsmanship. Perhaps the climate has helped keep it so well preserved. Its very existence is a novelty with France's turbulent religious history.

Visited July 2013
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