Abbaye de Saint Germer de Fly, Saint-Germer-de-Fly

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Saint-Germer-de-Fly Abbey is a former Benedictine abbey located in the village of Saint-Germer-de-Fly, in Picardy in the Oise d├ępartement of France. Only the late Romanesque-early Gothic church remains, now the village parish church. It is regarded as one of the earliest manifestations of the Gothic style in France. A Late Gothic chapel added in the 14th century is noted as a smaller-scale reinterpretation of the Sainte-Chapelle of Paris.
The abbey was originally built in the 7th century by Saint Germer, its founder and first abbot, as a Benedictine abbey. It was destroyed twice during the invasions of the Normans in the 9th and early 10th centuries, and re-founded as a Cistercian abbey in the 12th century by the Bishop of Beauvais. The relics of Saint Germer were moved from Beauvais Cathedral to the abbey in 1132. In the decade of 1130 the abbey built a basilica church in an advanced Romasque style that permitted an unusual amount of light into the interior of the church. The visual lightness of the construction at Saint-Germer-de-Fly was unprecedented and presaged the later Gothic style, with its emphasis on light and lightness.
About 1260, Pierre de Wessencourt, the 25th abbot, built the Marian Chapel at the chevet of the abbey church, which closely resembled the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, built a few years earlier. It is connected to the main church by a narrow passage, and is composed of three vaults with stained glass window-walls. While less lofty than the Sainte-Chapelle, and without its original painted interior, the stonework is more decorated and detailed than the Sainte-Chapelle. It was used as a funerary chapel.
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  • The abbey, which is beautifully maintained (although the older half of it currently under wraps, as of the date of this review) is an impressive piece of architecture and worth a visit. 
    The abbey, which is beautifully maintained (although the older half of it currently under wraps, as of the date of this review) is an impressive piece of architecture and worth a visit.  more »
  • Intriguing building in a complex in a small friendly village. Definitely worth the detour. The surrounding countryside is lovely too. 
    Intriguing building in a complex in a small friendly village. Definitely worth the detour. The surrounding countryside is lovely too.  more »
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  • This is a breathtaking structure. It's also a great stop on the avenue verte. Nice little group of shops around it too.
  • Unexpected, middle of nowhere, fabulous.

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