Église romane Saint Désiré
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Église romane Saint Désiré


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Saint-Désiré church is a jewel of Romanesque art in Franche-Comté and THE jewel of architecture in Lons-le-Saunier (prefecture of the Jura): a splendid Romanesque church built in 1083. Admittedly, the exterior, restored in the 19th century, is disappointing. But the nave, transept and crypt are in the purest 11th-century pre-Romanesque style. And in typical Franc-Comtois Romanesque style: no historical decor, a certain coldness.
In the south transept is a beautiful 15th-century piéta or tombstone, from the former priory of Gigny. Next to it is the large 21-stop Daublaine et Callinet organ built in 1839. The choir houses a flamboyant Gothic eucharistic column. The chapel of the Virgin to the north contains a statue of Sainte-Anne. The crypt, built in 1060 using materials from the original construction (5th century?), houses the empty sarcophagus of Saint-Désiré, the patron saint of Lons (whose relics are kept in the second north chapel of the Cordeliers church). The crypt was restored in 1992.

Église romane Saint Désiré
rue Saint Désiré
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Église romane Saint Désiré
Église romane Saint Désiré

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