I’d had my fill of cathedrals by this time in our trip to France. So I was not enthused about finding the Church of St. Trophime, a recommended stop in Arles. I think I even whined about wanting to sit in a cafe. I was so wrong.
The rounded portal of this medieval Romanesque church is gorgeous, and refreshing after so much heavy, pointed Gothic. Delicately carved and beautifully proportioned, the entry is surrounded by sculptures depicting the Last Judgment, including lines of souls in chains.
It was built between the 12th and 15th century of finely dressed ashlar masonry, meaning it uses precisely cut stones and little or no mortar. A gorgeous church, and a reminder of the travel rule never to turn up your nose at something in the belief it will be just more of the same.
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