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saint Paul’s church, which was a cathedral until the french revolution, is a beautiful example of roman style from Provence. The construction began in the middle of the XIIth century, beginning from the choire, to finish towards 1220. It was most probably built on the foundations of an older church situated in a gallic- roman cimetery.

The caractheristics of the Roman art from Provence are: simplicity of plans, harmony with the decorations, perfection as wellof its size as of the setting of the stones, referencies to Antiquity and absence of penings towards the north.
The church has been through several modifications throughout the centuries, however, without destroying. In the middle of the XVth century, an entrance was built on the southern porche.
In 1460, one of the choir-boys from the town of saint Paul, who first became priest, and later Bishop, Etienne GENEVES, had a beautiful gothic chapel built in the south part of the church,
called Notre- Dame of Episcopancy, where he was burried. Today, well restored, this chapel is particulaly used for services during the week.
A part from the furniture, the French Revolution was not too severe with the church. Prosper Mérimée had the church restored in 1841 and classed as historical monument.
In year 2000, works of restorations were made in order to find the initial level of the soil.
This allowed the discovery of seven graves from the XVIIth and the XVIIIth centuries containing around 500 persons. The mosaics have been restored.

 

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