Ste. Foy--page 2 (of ten pages): views of the apse exterior





The chevet

Like most pilgrimage churches, Ste. Foy has radiating chapels, 3 off the ambulatory and two off the transepts. These secondary chapels increased the number of altars so that pilgrims could worship in them and walk around the choir even when mass was celebrated at the main altar.See plan.
 
 
The topography of the site determined in part the architecture. Large retaining walls are built around the church on the east and north sides, to prevent landslides. On the far south another supporting wall buttresses the cloister. The slope of the land makes part of the church appear to be buried and prevented additional expansion as well.
 
 

Center image: one of the chapels off the transept



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