Romanesque church of Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, Saint-Gilles, dйpartement du Gard, France
Low relief of the left base of the columns of the main portal : David cutting off the head of Goliath (disproportion in size between the two characters)
Saint-Gilles du Gard (Dep. Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France),
Saint-Gilles abbey church (12th c.).
Westfacade. David conquers Goliath. Relief on base of a column.
Sculptures, c. 1120–80.
French, Romanesque / St. Gilles-du-Gard: David slaying Goliath, detail of podium relief to right of central portal of the West front, ca. 1140-1180 / St. Gilles-du-Gard (Provence), France
Abbey Church of Saint-Gilles-du-Gard
Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, Gard, France
Photographer: James Austin
Copyright: © James Austin
Location: France (6947) | Languedoc-Roussillon (125) | Gard (63) | Saint-Gilles-du-Gard (22)
The Abbey of Saint-Gilles (French: Abbaye de Saint-Gilles ) is a monastery in Saint-Gilles, southern France.
The abbey church is in typical southern French Romanesque style. The facade, built from 1120 to 1160, has a decorated entrance portico with three portals (the central one larger) with Corinthian columns and medieval sculpture decorations. These include, in the lower sector, a bestiary and scenes from the Old Testament; in the middle one it has statues and characters from the New Testament; the frieze and the tympana above the latter have also scenes from the same book, including the "Adoration of the Magi", the "Crucifixion of Jesus" and a "Maesta".
Saint-Gilles or Saint-Gilles-du-Gard is a commune in the Gard department in southern France.