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Paul Abadie


Paul Abadie (10 December 1812–2 August 1884) was a French architect and building restorer.

He worked on the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, Église Sainte-Croix of Bordeaux, Saint-Pierre of Angoulême and Saint-Front of Périgueux. He won the competition to design the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on Montmartre in Paris, and saw construction commence on it, though he died long before its completion in 1914.

The work of Paul Abadie is no longer much appreciated by academics as he was fanciful, destroyed much Romanesque heritage, and had no compunction about adding whimsical sculptures of his own manufacture on capitals and corbels. In particular, his transformation of Périgeux Cathedral is deplored by local residents. An example of his wilful implantations of false Romanesque sculpture is to be found in the clover-leaf church of St Michel d'Entraygues near Angoulême. Here, he has introduced a capital featuring a triple-headed Green Man with horns and a diabolical expression. It should be noted that - despite its intriguing shape - this small church has no connection with the Templars, but was built to receive pilgrims on the way to Compostela.[1]


Hôtel de Ville d'Angoulême
construit de 1858 à 1865,
sur l'emplacement du
château des comtes d'Angoulême