|A shell exploding on the city of Saint-Quentin;|
The partly-ruined basilica dominates the skyline.
|French soldiers and workmen amidst the ruined nave of the Basilica of Saint Quentin 1918.|
|The Basilica of Saint-Quentin, Northern France |
pictured before the Great War began.
Its eclectic mixture of styles is the consequence
of being built and rebuilt over many centuries.
In 1914, the Basilica of Saint Quentin (the city bears the name of the basilica) was eight centuries old. It is believed to have been commenced in the eleventh century, but of this work, the western tower seems only to survive. The eleventh century program replaced earlier churches on the site. From the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries, the basilica was constructed from its east end to the western tower. A more detailed description of its history and architecture can be found here.
|Ruins of the Saint-Quentin Basilica 1918.|
Click on the images for an enlarged view.
|The rubble-filled ruins of the choir of the Saint-Quentin Basilica.|
|The rebuilt apse with its chevet chapels.|