Historical Moment

In the early 1100s, architectural knowledge had not yet progressed enough to enable the construction of gothic cathedrals. Catholic churches had thick walls and rounded arches, in the style called “romanesque.” The church of Notre-Dame (Our Lady) in La Charité-sur-Loire, which was consecrated in 1107, was at that time the second largest church in Europe, after the Cluny Abbey in Paris.

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