Found project: Basilique Saint-Denis


    Project : Basilique Saint-Denis

    Language variant : Basilica of Saint Denis

    Architect : Suger (comm. i.a.)

    Completion: 1144 (choir change)

    Locality : Paris

    Country : France

    Building style : Gothic

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    Description :

    "At the end of his autobiography written between 1114 and 1117, Guilbert of Nogent (1055–1125) relates us a miracle that occurred in St Denis while a tower, in course of construction, collapsed. The king of the English Guillaume the Old has ordered the construction of a tower for St. Denis at his own expense. Unfortunately the engineers elaborated it with too few precautions, and the tower seemed to generate its own ruin. The abbot, at that time Yves (1075–1094), and his monks dreaded that the collapse of this new edifice would cause damages to the old basilica, but then a vision came to the abbot Yves. He saw a woman whose appearance was most noble, standing in the middle of the church of St. Denis. In the manner of a priest, she proceeded to bless the water. The abbot was amazed by the authority that emanated from this woman; he realized that, after blessing the water, she sprinkled here and there and, wherever it was sprayed, she traced the sign of the cross. Suddenly the tower collapsed, but in its fall it damaged none of the part of the church. This blessed amongst all women, who the abbot saw in his vision, by her benediction saved the edifice, as it was shown to him. But the mass that had collapsed buried a passerby. People began clearing the pile of stones that completely covered the unfortunate man. Miraculously the man was found unharmed, as if he had been discovered sitting in his own home…"

    Atlas historique de Saint Denis, Des Origines au XVIIIe siècle, Sous la direction de Michaël Wyss, Ed. de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, 1996, p. 37.

    Ed. and trans. Adzhoa Makkonen



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