Notre-Dame de Boulogne, France


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Notre-Dame de Boulogne, France

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The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Boulogne is a minor basilica located in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais département of northern France. The basilica was built between 1827 and 1875 on the site of Boulogne’s medieval cathedral with its 101 metre high dome. The basilica is still known locally as the “cathedral”, despite the present church never having held that status.

Following the destruction of the former cathedral, a local priest and self-taught architect, Benoit Haffreingue, vowed to rebuild the church to restore the honour of “Our Lady of the Sea” and return the episcopal seat to the city. After a strong campaign he was able to gain the support of many including Victor Hugo and François-René de Chateaubriand, and soon had considerable public opinion behind him.

Construction of his design began in 1827 with the building of the rotunda and continued for nearly fifty years. The dome that dominates the town was finished in 1854 and its western towers completed in the 1870s. However, despite the campaign the building never regained its episcopal seat, though in 1879 it was given the honorary title of a basilica.

The tower of Notre DameNotre-Dame was built to a new design and was inspired by both classical and renaissance styles, and bears many similarities to St Paul’s Cathedral. The area beneath the dome was initially designed to form the complete church, but additional funding allowed the expansion to the nave and transept that form a Latin cross. This gives the finished building the unusual internal appearance of being formed by two distinct churches.

The tall nave is dominated by its rows of slender Corinthian columns, with unusual features scattered throughout. Haffreingue’s lack of professional training unfortunately gave the building an inherent fragility that led to the collapse of the nave’s arches in 1921. During their reconstruction the whole building was reinforced with concrete, which without doubt allowed it to survive the bombing received by the city during the Second World War.

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