The construction of a church, and even more so of a cathedral, is usually a long process in time mainly because it is very expensive and it ends up being common that, at a certain moment, economic resources begin to run out and therefore so the construction is delayed in time. In this context, it is not surprising that these constructions contain characteristics of different artistic styles, combining Romanesque and Gothic or Renaissance with Baroque parts in their construction. However, the work that we are analyzing today in this post has more than peculiar characteristics since both inside and outside you can see an amalgamation of artistic ensembles that, far from seeking unity, have made this construction a conglomerate unique artistic.
This is Saint Stephen's Cathedral in Toulouse located in the south of France. In reality, the origins of the construction we have today are not known for sure, but what does seem to be certain is that the original building was built on the remains of a construction dating back to the 3rd century,a small chapel built by order of San Saturnino and that was rebuilt a few years later by San Exuperio, however, the experts have not been able to carry out the relevant excavations in this regard, so these data have not been able to be demonstrated although many experts agree on them.
It seems that aAt the end of the 11th century, Bishop Isarn ordered the reconstruction of that building, which was practically in ruins, to build a Romanesque church whose traces were modified two centuries later. The temple has two well-differentiated parts: one Romanesque zone in the naves and another Gothic style in the choir, both were united in the 16th century by the architect Jean d'Orleans and precisely this is one of the greatest attractions of the temple, the conjunction of different styles that are perfectly visible to the visitor. In this way, the choir area practically doubles the width of the naves and even today it can be seen how the southern area of the temple was adapted to make the transition from Romanesque to Gothic.
But this hodgepodge of styles did not end there, in the 17th century the ceiling -originally made of wood- burned down completely and it was decided to replace it with a stone vault that Although at first it was conceived as a great forty-meter-high covering, in its final construction it did not even reach thirty meters.