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Basilica of Saint-Denis: The Cradle of Gothic Architecture

In 1122, a new Abbot was appointed to Saint-Denis, Suger. He prioritized the crumbling church building, the basilica, to renovate and in 1137 went to work to restore and glorify God and the king. Suger’s innovative application of his vision for Saint-Denis manifested into a profoundly revolutionary architectural aesthetic that united developing Romanesque and Norman features. Gothic architecture was born.

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    Basilica of Saint-Denis: The Cradle of Gothic Architecture

    Basilica of Saint-Denis: The Cradle of Gothic Architecture

    By the early 12th century, France’s most significant royal abbey, Saint-Denis, was in disrepair. As a major stop on pilgrimage routes and the burial …

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