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A treasure in Sainte-Madeleine church in Troyes

The rood screen | / CC-BY-NC-SA
Parish church Sainte-Madeleine church in Troyes

This is the oldest church in Troyes, beginning in the 11th century and finished in the beginning of the 16th century in Gothic style.

From the primitive church, it remain the nave, the transept and the first bay of the choir. The apse and the choir date back to the end of the 15th century.

The church was dedicated in 1519 by the bishop of Troyes. Then, they rebuilt the outside portal in the 17th century and they whitewashed the inner walls in 1780 (in the Middle Ages, the walls used to be polychrome in every church!)

Did you know we have a treasure, here? Look at that jubé ("screen rood") achieved by Jean Gualde (this sir was buried beneath his masterpiece!) between 1508 and 1517.

A jubé is a platform located between the nave and the choir, where stood a choral. Look at that decoration, so delicate, so magnificent... it's like lacework! In the past, this jubé was polychrome.

The other treasure is located in the chevet: beautiful stained-glass windows from the 16th century, very colourful, made in Troyes, of course!

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