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The construction of the beautiful collegiate church took a total of four centuries. For this reason it is not surprising that its architecture combines different styles and decoration from different historical periods.
Construction began in the 14th century. Four pillars and the arch bands in the nave, plus the entire choir, date back to the primitive Romanesque church. The aisles were added later, due to the expansion of the church because of the growing population which could no longer fit in the church.
In 1666, the church was raised to a collegiate church and as a result, its interior was renovated, especially in terms of decoration. Two years later the wooden pulpit was made.
In the 1680s, a chapel dedicated to St. Clement was added, containing relics from the Roman catacombs. Its rich stucco and frescoes are a remarkable example of Counter-Reformation art.
The Collegiate Church is certainly a remarkably interesting sight, which no visitor to Saint Paul de Vence should miss.
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