Full text: Beauties of continental architecture

Beauvais, Ccesaromagus is situated on the Therain or Tairsin. In ancient 
chronicles it is called Civitas Bellovacorum or Belvagorum. The Cathedral was 
founded in 991, by Herve, fortieth Bishop of Beauvais, and the building continued 
by his successors. In 1284, the great arches of the Choir fell down, and mass was 
not performed for forty years ; so that the date of 1324 may be reasonably assigned 
to the present choir. On the arches of the transept, which were begun in 1500, are 
the dates of 1575, 1577, 1578, and 1580. This Cathedral is dedicated to St. Peter; 
and the Choir is celebrated for its size, and fine style of architecture. It has ten 
pillars on each side in its length, and chapels all round. “ On entering the church,” 
says Mr. Wood, “ the great window, with its splendid rose window terminating the 
vista, displays all its beauties.—Passing down the Church, the view of the Choir 
is really sublime. The slender columns, the triple range of windows, and the 
loftiness of the upper ones, have an appearance almost supernatural. To judge by 
the eye, I should say that the ridge of the vaults does not fall short of 160 feet; but 
the columns are too slender, the arches between them too narrow, and the vault too 
To have a church complete and perfect in all its parts, you must take the 
Choir of Beauvais, the Nave of Amiens, the Portal of Rheims, the Towers of Notre 
Dame, at Paris, and the Steeples of Chartres.—Such a combination would form 
the most magnificent building of the kind in Europe. 

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