Laon
(Aisne, France)
Saint-Jean-de-Jerusalem
Surveyed: 1980-83, 2014
This is an experimental section where John James is attempting to identify the carvers though the use of common templates and/or a recognisable manners of carving. Such a large-scale analysis of all the capitals in these buildings has not been attempted before. As an ongoing enterprise that is still in its infancy, we seek your input. John believes this has the potential to increase our understanding of how they worked and to provide a more solid basis for dating than we have had.
The confused layout of the exterior footings suggest an earlier campaign for a slightly different plan.
Apse and the octagon constructed to full height, while capitals suggest it was a baptistry, and handed to the Templiers when no longer needed.
Add the entry porch with engaged shafts and for ribs, added shortly after octagon judging from the capitals; the cornice to match that over apse.
First floor over porch with rib vault and pointed arch to widows; walling continued over octagon windows with reduction in buttresses to a shaft up to the cornice; and as coursing just above octagon window spring is tied into room over porch earlier roof had beeb laid directly over the dome.
Upper porch room walls over vault and windows raised to present height with bell tower and west gable.


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