La collégiale Saint-Etienne de Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre (Indre). Une étude de la rotonde et de la nef

Abstract : Abstract : The collegiate church of Saint-Étienne at Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre (Department of the Indre, France) is one of the few surviving rotundas built as a copy of the Holy-Sepulcre of Jerusalem during the mid 11 th century. Many theories have been advanced concerning the history and the dating of this unusual monument. A recent building survey, carried out during restoration work, has managed to clarify the main phases of its evolution. The rotunda, with eleven central pillars placed around the reliquary monument, was added onto the west end of an existing church during the 1040's. The two upper stories of the central cage, however, were not finished until the early 12th century. During the second half of the 12th century the church was deeply modified and probably shortened with a flat chancel. The original barrel vault of the nave was replaces by three bays of ribbed vaults. The building was used as a refuge during the Hundred Years War, causing damage which was partially repaired. Despite the evident breaks in the building work and an irregular plan, this study has shown that the building is the result of an ongoing, coherant and highly original architectural project designed as an evocation of the Holy Sepulcre church of Jerusalem.
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Simon Bryant. La collégiale Saint-Etienne de Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre (Indre). Une étude de la rotonde et de la nef. Revue Archéologique du Centre de la France, FERACF, 2004, 43, pp.171 - 207. ⟨hal-01773866⟩

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