Saint Trophime - From Place Republique, France
Saint Trophime Church, located in Arles, France, dates back to the 12th century and is a Romanesque masterpiece. The church is known for its sculptural, ornate tympanum, a semi-circular relief over the south entrance that highlights Adam, Jesus and the 24 biblical Elders. Inside, you'll find a nave, two aisles and the sundial portal on the west side, said to have the best preserved Romanesque decoration in all of France. The Saint Trophime Cloister, built between the 12th-14th centuries, provides a beautiful oasis with fragrant gardens and fountains. Don’t miss the ornate sculptures and delicate stone-carved columns, with the Chapter House offering another example of gorgeous medieval architecture. The interior walls of the church are covered with ancient frescoes from the 16th century. Admire the beautiful wooden stalls and the marble columns, with the crypt downstairs highlighting a host of architectural features. Pay your respects in the Chapel of Relics, which is home to the relics of Saint Trophime.