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L'église abbatiale Saint-Yved de Braine
Departement de l'Aisne
Picardie  France

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Saint-Yved is a church in Braine, Aisne in which the Counts of Dreux are buried. It was dedicated to Saint Yved, whose relics were brought to Braine (Braisne) in the ninth century. Originally a chapter of secular canons, the Braine Abbey was given to the Premonstratensian order by the Bishop of Soissons in 1130.

The abbey church was built at the request of Agnès de Baudement, wife of Robert I, Count of Dreux, according to the plans of Andre de Baudement. It is distinguished by the tympanum of the central portal, which has been saved. This was restored behind the current facade. With four bays, the nave joins the transept by a remarkable lantern tower rising to 33 metres (108 ft). The plan of the apse has an excellent and rare disposition. Some of the sculptures of the portal are deposited in the museum of Soissons .

Before the revolution the Church of Saint Yved and Notre Dame contained magnificent tombs covered with enameled copper tiles, whose drawings are now in the Gaignères collection in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The abbey suffered greatly during the Revolution, and was gradually demolished. According to the Dictionnaire raisonné de l'architecture few other buildings better show the symmetrical system used by master architects of the late twelfth century."
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