Romanesque Churches of the Bourbonnais


This interactive database contains and organizes a mass of information and images of Romanesque churches in the Bourbonnais.1It nvites you to locate architectural production within the larger framework of the invention of France, and to consider different kinds of space : geo-political, social, architectural and structural .This interactive database contains and organizes a mass of information and images of Romanesque churches in the Bourbonnais.2 It invites you to locate architectural production within the larger framework of the invention of France, and to consider different kinds of space: geo-political, social, architectural and structural. 

 Today the Bourbonnais, in northern Auvergne, lies securely at the heart of France; however, when it was carved out in the chaotic tenth-to-twelfth centuries, the Destiny of France was far from clear. During the later twelfth century it formed the march or buffer zone between territories dominated by the Capetian kings of France and their enemies, the Anglo-Norman Plantagenets. Rather than representing our edifices within the traditional framework of overlapping "influences" from stylistic "schools" of Romanesque architecture, or in relationship to the "development" of Gothic, the statistical dimensions of our database, with buildings represented with a range of high-tech media, invite the user to consider space as an object of desire. We may want to correlate our own desire to comprehend one hundred churches spread over the landscape with the desire of the builders to plot: not just a single building, but a geo-political "destiny" made manifest through architecture.
  1. The Romanesque Churches of the Bourbonnais was made possible with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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