Basilica of Saint-Urbain

Basilica of Saint-Urbain

Date begun 1262

Movement Gothic | Rayonnant

Located at Troyes, France


This particular church was commissioned by Pope Urban IV and dedicated to his patron saint. Given the extreme costs associated with cathedral building, architects began to focus less upon monumentality and more upon detail. Like Sainte-Chapelle, this church is essentially a cage of windows—much of the walls have been pierced, allowing for a great influx of light and a lessening of the buttressing bulk.


On the interior, support colonnettes and archivolts align together to appear almost as a singular structure, giving this space a great sense of unification. This is enhanced by the incredibly intricate detail of the stained glass windows.