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Orgue de l'Eglise Notre Dame en Vaux à Châlons-en-Champagne
France

Notre Dame Collegiate Vaux in Châlons-en-Champagne. 

World Heritage of UNESCO in the framework of the Chemins de Saint Jacques de Compostela in France 
Notre-Dame-en-Vaux was a collegial, ie that it housed a community of canons. 
The present church was begun before 1157, replacing an earlier building that had collapsed. 
Its reconstruction was completed in 1217. Begun in style "transitional" (between Romanesque and Gothic), 
it was completed in Gothic style. 
There is a beautiful bed with apse flanked by two Gothic towers romanes (influence of the cathedral of Toul) 
but wonderful glass of the sixteenth century. There is also one of the largest carillon in Europe 
composed of 56 bells and dating from the nineteenth century.
Until the Revolution, who mutilated the portal south of Renaissance, it had 4 arrows (or even 5, if we count the 
small portion of the crossing). 3 were razed during the Revolution to reclaim their lead for military purposes; 
one was rebuilt from 1852 by the abbot of Champagne, the other two are still waiting to be. In the Middle Ages 
it had a venerable relic that attracted many pilgrims and made his fame: the relic of the saint-Navel of Christ 
destroyed in 1707 by the Bishop of Châlons. 
posed and 56 bells dating from the nineteenth century. 
Until the Revolution, who mutilated the portal south of Renaissance, it had 4 arrows (or 5 if there are early 
of the crossing). 3 were razed during the Revolution to reclaim their lead for military purposes, one was rebuilt 
from 1852 by the abbot of Champagne, the other two are still waiting to be. In the Middle Ages, it had a relic 
venerable and attracted many pilgrims and made his fame: the relic of the saint-Navel of Christ, destroyed in 1707 by Bishop 
Châlons.

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Copyright: Pascal Ploix
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Taken: 11/02/2009
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