I took a few other photos around town while I was in Beauvais; I don’t have a lot to say about them but for now this blog seems to be about the best place to post pictures. I’ve experimented with Instagram and will continue to post some pictures there, but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the format. It’s no doubt genius for some things but I’m not sure photography is one of them.

Here is the parish church of Saint-Étienne, only a few minutes walk from the cathedral. This church is architecturally interesting due to the somewhat oddly-matched mixture of building styles, a consequence of fitful construction that spanned more than 500 years. When measuring time in centuries we can appreciate that styles will change drastically, building methods will evolve, and certainly the initial architect isn’t going to be around until the end to keep people in line. One reason the cathedral in Amiens is so beautiful is because its construction was completed in such a short amount of time, between 50 and 70 years, and therefore it maintains a very coherent and consistent design.


Reading the incredibly lengthy French Wikipedia page on Saint-Étienne one finds an extremely convoluted history to the church, punctuated by various fires, hurricanes, Viking raids, funding shortages, squabbles over design decisions, and of course also the Revolution which was not terribly kind to churches specifically, and two world wars which were not very kind to buildings generally.

The dark romanesqe nave contrasts with the bright gothic choir.
The ancient high altar dating from the late 1700s, now moved for some reason to a side chapel

You can find interesting churches all over the place, here is Chappelle Saint-Joseph which I know nothing about and wasn’t able to go inside of. It is tucked away in a small square surrounded entirely by apartments. I noticed the tops of the towers peeking above the other buildings from a few blocks away but walked a good while before I found the lane to reach it. As modest as it is, it’s still not something you’ll see very often in America!

I also visited the Musée de l’Oise, also just called “MUDO.” It is just across from the cathedral and is located in the building that was formerly the bishop’s palace, which itself was built atop a pre-existing Roman structure. Entrance is free but the exhibit space is very small and if you skip the post-modern photography section you can see the remaining collections in a few minutes. I would have rather explored the palace but of course the majority of it was closed to the public.

But the box hedges smelled just like I remember from childhood.

Musée de l’Oise
Musée de l’Oise