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Collège des Bernardins - Gothic Architecture - Crypt - Stone Vaults - Cistercian Monastery (Paris)

The style of the vaults of the cellar (seen in this photo) seems Romanesque but the architecture of this medieval building is Gothic.­

Stan Parry wrote: 1248 is over 100 years after the birth of Gothic at Saint-Denis and Sens.­ The crypt is heavy in order to support the building, but the ribbed vaults, if they are original, a are probably much later.­ The round columns are deceptive, in that they were used in Romanesque architecture, but it looks like the side arches are pointed.­ The upper part is clearly Cistercian Gothic.­

The cellar now holds auditoriums and conference rooms.­

24 Rue de Poissy, 75005 Paris, France

Collège des Bernardins (Paris)

The College dates from 1248 (start of the works) and is an outstanding example of Cistercian architecture.­

Universities – Bologna, Paris, Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg.­.­.­ - had just started to take over the role of intellectual centers from monasteries.­ The Cistercians were encouraged to go to Paris and this was the reason for the creation of the College, where the monks, teachers and students lived and worked.­ Most of the University education took place in different Colleges.­

The College was active for some four centuries, but of course the French Revolution changed things.­ The building became a prison (another one!), later a salt warehouse and from 1845 to 1995 served as a fire brigade station.­ In 2001 it was bought by the Paris Diocese and completely renovated, to become a catholic artistic and cultural centre.­

See more information here:

- www.­collegedesbernardins.­fr/­ (official site, in french)

- peter-pho2.­blogspot.­com/­2008/­09/­collge-des-bernardins.­html (in english)

- fr.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Collège_­des_­Bernardins (in french)

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