Places to visit

Medieval Art
in Nord Pas-de-Calais

Surviving Fragments of a lost heritage
In countless wars, invasions and civil upheavals over the centuries, most of the fine medieval buildings and works of art created in Nord Pas-de-Calais have been lost. A large proportion of religious art was destroyed in the turmoil of the French Revolution.

However enough fragments and tantalising glimses in old documents remain to give us some insight in the rich flowering of gothic art in medieval Nord Pas-de-Calais.

Jean Bellegambe:
"la Vierge protectrice des Cisterciens"
in the Musée Chartreuse, Douai

Ruins of Saint Bertin's Abbey, in Saint-Omer

The foot of a gold/bronze cross attributed to Saint-Bertin, made around 1180.
Now in L'hôtel Sandelin museum, Saint-Omer

A preserved fragment of the medieval tapestry: "Saint Vaastet l'ours"

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Saint-Omer
The finest surviving gothic cathedral in northern France.


Places to visit:
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Arras
Musée Chartreuse, Douai
Notre-Dame Cathedral - one France's finest gothic cathedrals, in Saint-Omer.
Saint Bertin's Abbey (ruins) - in Saint-Omer
Vaucelles Abbey - near Cambrai

Related background information
Regional Art Galleries - and Art MENU
Medieval wool trade
Church, religion and monasteries
Baroque altar-pieces - "retables"

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Medieval Art
Les Mays
Flemish Art
18th-19th century French artists

Artists of Côte d'Opale

Modern Art




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