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Temple of the Arts

Le Temple des arts - Archives musée des Augustins
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In order to allow more light to fall on the works exhibited in the church, the stained glass in the high windows and in the rose window was destroyed.

In 1831, a very ambitious programme of works began, when the town council commissioned the architecte Urbain Vitry to transform the church into a Temple of the Arts. At this point, the church took on the aspect of a Neoclassical style gallery. The paving was destroyed, the side chapels closed off. A barrel vault was suspended from the Gothic vault to hide the religious nature of the building under a stucco decor.
At this time, certain medieval structures, which were no doubt in bad condition, were used as fill material!

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