Merovingian art and architecture

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Merovingian architecture. Architecture of the first dynasty of Frankish Kings in Gaul (c.500–751/2), derived from Early Christian Roman prototypes, and usually taken to mean buildings of C5 to the end of C8. Among the C5 buildings are the baptisteries of Aix, Fréjus, and Mélas, similar to such structures in Italy, and clearly derived from Roman precedents. Surviving buildings include the crypt of Jouarre near Meaux and the baptistery of St-Jean, Poitiers (both essentially C7).


Jane Turner (1996)