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Cathedrale Saint-Etienne

Façade Consolidation, Conservation of the Nave, Design of the Furniture

13th - 18th century

Saint-Etienne Cathedral in Châlons-en-Champagne iremains little unknown to the public. Its eastern façade, built between 1628 and 1634, hides a monument whose ancient features belong to the XIIth century and whose nave has been built steadily from the the aim of a three-level elevation from mid 13th century, to its completion during the 17th century.

The conservation campaign in 2008 and 2009 directed by François Chatillon focused on three points : the completion of the l’achèvement du confortement du massif occidental qui continuait à déverser malgré la reprise en sous-oeuvre réalisée of the western facade between1999 and 2002, the conservation of the central vessel of the nave including the reintegration of the « Chatrains » polychromy procedure (yellow ochre and white joints) and, finally, the design of service furniture with the collaboration of the artist and paintor Hamid Tibouchi.




« When my friend François Chatillon talked to me about the service furniture project that he had to design for the cathedral Saint Etienne in Châlons-en-Champagne, and of his wish to  grant me the decorative work on the theme of Resurection. The first idea that came up to my mind was this metaphor from Ramuz about the seed germinating and pointing its small green leaves out of earth. Is there a more beautiful image to symbolize not only rebirth, life, but also food, because the seed transforms into a grain of wheat that will be changed into bread by the human being, to strenghthen his body and also open his mind to the food of language ? Thus, for millenia, over the seasons’ cycles, on the immense palimpsest of Mankind, the history of the death of bodies and the resurrection of spirits is plainly spoken. Therefore, I worked on this idea of the palimpsest, the accumulation of symbols, or rather brushstrokes, evocating the seed and the grain of wheat». Hamid Tibouchi

  • LocationChâlons-en-Champagne (51000)
  • ClientDRAC Champagne-Ardenne
  • Schedule2009
  • Cost/Area3 M € HT
  • TeamFrançois Chatillon, architecte en chef des Monuments Historiques
    Hamid Tibouchi, artiste-peintre