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St. Front at Perigueux
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Location Perigueux, France   map
Date circa 1100   timeline
Building Type cathedral
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate mediterranean
Style Byzantine
Notes Five domes over cross-shaped plan.


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Discussion St. Front at Perigueux Commentary

"St.-Front in Périgueux (was) built largely in the second quarter of the twelfth century (and heavily restored in the nineteenth century). Laid out in a Greek-cross plan, St.-Front employs the archetypal Byzantine dome-on-pendentives in each of the five units—four arms and the crossing. Although schematically close to the Byzantine model, in actual appearance St.-Front is anything but Byzantine. Its structure and space are untouched by Byzantine fluidity and ambiguity. The building is designed with uncompromising stereometric clarity, the lucid volumes of space—hemisphere (dome and pendentive zones), cube, semicylinder (the barrel vaults)—are defined by massive solids deprived of all decoration that might blur their form. "

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p202.

Sources on St. Front at Perigueux

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings, p50. — Available at Amazon.com

Spiro Kostof. A History of Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. ISBN 0-19-503472-4. LC 84-25375. NA200.K65 1985. interior photo, f13.31, p318.

Russell Sturgis. The Architecture Sourcebook. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984. ISBN 0-442-20831-9. LC 84-7275. NA2840.S78. perspective detail drawing, p328. interior perspective drawing, p291. plan drawing, p137.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. discussion p202.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—



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