Opening of the Cambrai Tank 1917 museum

Jesuits Chapel

Master Piece of Baroque Art, its facade is worth the detour.

One of the finest Baroque-style edifices in the North of France.

 

Completed in 1692, it owns ten sumptuous columns of blue stone and wonderful sculptures.

 

In the 16th century, many towns welcomed the Jesuits so as to fight the Reformed Church. Jesuits won renown through the quality of their teaching and their preachers. They arrived in 1562 to prevent the spreading of Protestantism in Cambrai where they founded a college.

 

Thanks to the generosity of archbishop Vanderburch, they were able to rebuild the chapel between 1678 and 1692 according to the rules of Counter-Reformation and following the plans made by architect Jean du Blocq.

 

This chef-d'œuvre of the Northern Baroque Art is a combination of architectural rhythm and abundance of sculpted decorations, especially inside the chapel where numerous high- and low-reliefs of both choir and nave can be admired.

 

The decoration was completed by a series of paintings by painter Arnoult de Vuez, illustrating scenes from the life of Christ.

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Closed to the public, except with guided visits.

Office de Tourisme du Cambrésis
48,rue de Noyon
59400 CAMBRAI
Tél: +3 3( 0) 32 77 83 61 5
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Whether they follow the Escaut, drive along country roads, discover the picturesque alleys of the old Cambrai, fortified farms, museums, learn about Matisse and Blériot, lace ang giants, tourists will understand why the inhabitants of this part of France are so happy to welcome them feel like coming back.

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