Church of St. Trophime, France


A French church caught in the crossroads of style

Expedition Overview
The cloister of St Trophime was documented in May 2009 as part of a decades-long international effort led by the World Monuments Fund. The project worked to preserve the church as a valuable architectural example of Christian iconography featuring both Romanesque and Gothic features. In conjunction with Christofori Und Partner, documentation of the cloister, cloister roofs, church portal, interior plaza, and the Place de la République plaza was conducted with laser scanning and digital photography.
Introducing the Church of St. Trophime
Located in the ancient Roman city of Arles, the Romanesque church of Saint-Trophime was an important medieval place of pilgrimage for those traveling the Way of Saint James. Built between the 12th century and 15th centuries, the sculptures over the church's portal, particularly the Last Judgement, and the columns in the adjacent cloister, are considered to be some of the finest examples of Romanesque sculpture. The church also includes elements of the emerging Gothic style, which was growing in popularity during the church’s latter phase of construction.
Half Gothic, Half Romanesque
Built over three centuries, the church of St Trophime exhibits two distinct architectural traditions. While the ground floor and northern gallery of St Trophime are entirely Romanesque and feature simple trusses, the south and west wing of the church, built during the last period of construction are Gothic with cross-ribbed vaults and intersecting pointed arches.

Summary of Data Captured

This project resulted in the following data which is now freely available for non-commercial use.

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This project was made possible through the following partners:

Christofori und Partner

World Monuments Fund

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