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Cathédrale St-Julien, Le Mans


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The Lady Chapel

The Story of the Cathédrale St-Julien, Le Mans





The chapel on the far right of the soaring Gothic east end (built 1220 - 1254) of the Cathédrale St-Julien is called the Lady or Chevet Chapel.  On its ceiling are frescos painted in the mid-1300s and portraying 47 "Musician Angels" of outstanding beauty and outstandingly restored.  The chapel also has some beautiful stained glass windows.


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The Gothic east end of the Cathédrale (built 1220 - 1254) is just as spectacular from the inside - the fact that this photo was taken from the middle of the choir gives some idea of how big the structure is.  The Lady Chapel entrance can be seen behind the cross on the main altar.





North ambulatory - the tomb of Plantagenêt founder Geoffrey, Count of Anjou (1113 - 1151 (38)), is rumoured to be around here somewhere, but none of the "locals" knew where, and the place is a guidebook and signage free zone.





By contrast with the east end, the nave (dedicated April 25, 1120) is very classic Romanesque.


The nave would have been completed by Bishop Hildebert de Lavardin in time for the 1128 wedding of Geoffrey Plantagenêt, Count of Anjou, to widowed Empress Matilda (1102 - 1167 (65)), daughter of Henry I of England.  Geoffrey and Matilda's son, the future Henry II, First Plantagenet King of England (1133-1154-1189 (56)), was also carried down this nave to be baptized.




Lucifer and hoofed devil assistant try and drag down the final judgement balance held by the Archangel Michael and capture another soul for hell (window location unremembered).




The Magi visit with Mary and Son in the Birth of Jesus window in the north nave wall.




The Nativity




The Annunciation




West Window



The cathedral also has a renowned south portal (though not quite so renowned as the portal (singular sic) of Chartres as claimed in one guidebook).  We cannot comment as it was scaffolded and screened off in 2007.



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