Reims
(Marne, France)
Saint-Remi
Surveyed: 1969, 1977, 1980-83, 2003, 2005, 2015
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.
Crossing, transepts and chapels that were gradually embellished over time with shafts, capitals and vaults while the original apse retained until last moment and used to support two piers of later choir.
West towers with stairs and seven-sided window, capitals
Nave aisle piers over seven-sided bases and small capitals partly hidden behind later work.
Portal in south wall of nave
Transept chapels embellished with capitals.
New west façade with fluted shafts and external capitals
Interior capitals to aisle west two bays
Upper west wall with flyers, and there is no firm evidence that these capitals were added.the upper levels of west bays raised above nave gallery and clerestory, which is later.
West clerestory and first flyer supports over fluted shafts.
Set out choir with buttresses designed to support flyers and dado; there is enough original stones to show built with the chapel walls and though much has been replaced the originals can usually be discerned.
Choir aisle vaults, interior walkway in axial chapel. Capitals in choir aisles, dated 1168 ex Nicolas.
Axial chapel walls and vaults, and capitals in choir aisle windows.
Gallery to choir in four campaigns with lower flyers to support gallery vault.
Gallery to external wall of choir with flyers and wall capitals
Capitals in cloister to north and support for flyers.
Choir triforium with linkage to clerestory.
Capitals in nave gallery. 1-11
Choir clerestory
Old apse that had been supporting part of the new work in the second bay removed and replaced by two piers with new capitals; consecration date of 1181 possibly for completion of this part of choir; "The Ark" 1:491; Template-Makers 46-49.
Nave upper clerestory and transepts
Nave, transept vaults


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