Found project: Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe


    Project : Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe

    Language variant : St. Michael of the Needle

    Architect : n/a

    Completion: 962

    Locality : Le Puy-en-Velay

    Country : France

    Building style : Romanesque

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    Description :

    “The pointed rock, or ‘needle’, of Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe, certainly deserves the name. With its height of 82 meters (269 ft), diameter 57 meters (187 ft) at the top and circumference 170 meters (560 ft) at the bottom, it is virtually a needle…The existing medieval chapel seems almost to be part of the rock itself. The steeple, which extends the ‘needle’ towards the sky, was built in the last century to replace a bell-tower destroyed by lightning in 1245. … A fine Romanesque portal stands at the bottom of the steps up the rock. Four steps lead up to it… the first of 268.”

    Discover Le Puy-en-Velay, MSM, 2000, p. 45.

    Ed. Katriina Puputti



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    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
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    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
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    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
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    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
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    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
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    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
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    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
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    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
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    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski