The monumental ensemble presents a particular aspect that gives the project exceptional interest: the different parts of this church are of different origins. The body of the church dates from the 13th century, on an earlier, certainly Carolingian, base; 11th-century Romanesque apsidioles adjoin the south transept; The bell tower dates from the 16th century; In other words, this “catalog of architecture”, testimonies to numerous ancient eras, is a remarkable symbol of the organic assimilation of the past, and of harmony in diversity;
Today, the church is deprived of its two transepts, like a Latin cross (†) deprived of its two arms; Not that they don’t exist, but they are separated from the church by solid walls; One of them, the south transept, is “open to the sky”; At its far end, the unfinished bell tower requires restoration and protection against infiltration; The project concerns the church, south transept and bell tower;
For 5 years, the teams’ daily routine will be made up of good and bad discoveries, difficulties and complexities that will have to be overcome, as the work progresses.
The central project is the great uplift of the church; It’s the most complex and the most expensive. It extends, in 3 stages, over the entire 5 years of the project.