Saint Stephan Cathedral

Department Archive
Collection Byzantine Research Fund
Reference No. BRF/01/09/01/001
Level Item
Place Bourges
Dates 1887
Donor/Creator Weir Schultz, Mr Robert
Barnsley, Mr Sidney Howard
Scope and Content Carved statues. The drawing is dated and initialed (SHB) in pencil in the lower right-hand corner.
Further information Saint Stephan, Bourges, is a five-aisled church with towers and buttresses in the five portal entrance. Two distinct horseshoe aisles wrap around a central nave and choir. The inner aisle has a higher vault than the outer giving the monument a pyramidal shape while the building retains its original 13th c. ambulatory glass. The Romanesque carved portals date from about 1160/70 and were very likely intended for an earlier church. A majestic Last Judgment decorates the tympanum. The construction of the monument begun in the late 11th c. and was completed by 1250/70.