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Soissons Cathedral

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Location  Soissons, France
Ecclesiastical or organizational status  Cathedral-Basilica
Opened  1479
Phone  +33 3 23 53 10 36
Groundbreaking  1177
Affiliation  Roman Catholic
Completed  1479
Architectural style  Gothic architecture
Architectural type  Church
Soissons Cathedral
Address  23 Rue des Déportés et Fusillés, 02200 Soissons, France
District  Roman Catholic Diocese of Soissons
Similar  Abbey of St Jean des Vignes, Laon Cathedral, Abbey of St Medard - Soissons, Noyon Cathedral, Beauvais Cathedral

Soissons cathedral ruins 1914 1918

Soissons Cathedral Basilica (French: Basilique Cathédrale Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais de Soissons) is a Gothic cathedral in Soissons, France. It is the seat of the Bishop of Soissons, Laon, and Saint-Quentin. The construction of the south transept was begun about 1177, and the lowest courses of the choir in 1182.


Saint gervais cathedral soissons france


The choir with its original three-storey elevation and extremely tall clerestory was completed in 1211. This was earlier than Chartres, on which the design was supposed to have been based. Work then continued into the nave until the late 13th century.

The single western tower dates from the mid-13th century and is an imitation of those of Notre-Dame de Paris, which it equals in height (66 m, or 216 ft). The tower was restored after it and part of the nave were severely damaged in World War I. A matching tower on the other side of the façade was originally planned, but never built.


The graceful southern transept, the oldest portion of the whole edifice, terminates in an apse. Unlike the rest of the building, it is divided inside into four (rather than three) levels.

The choir end of the cathedral has stained glass from the 13th century. A tapestry from the 15th century depicts the life of the martyrs Gervasius and Protasius, the patron saints of the cathedral. Rubens' Adoration of the Shepherds hangs in the northern transept, as does a painting by Philippe de Champaigne.

Maurice Duruflé composed his work for organ "Fugue sur  Le carillon des heures  de la Cathédrale de Soissons" op. 12 (1962)

Some of the stained glass windows from the Cathedrale de Soissons are on permanent exhibit at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA.

2017 Storm Damage

On January 12, 2017 during a winter storm, strong winds pushed in a significant portion of the west rose window. Large stone pieces of the window's tracery and sections of stained glass fell onto the tracker-action pipe organ located below the rose window, causing severe damage to the instrument.



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