Eglise St. Jean Baptiste, Arras, France

This small Catholic church peeks above the rooftops.

When this church was built in the 12th century it was called Saint Nicolas des Fosses since it was constructed on the site of Bastion Saint Nicolas. In the1560’s, that church was demolished and rebuilt.

During the French Revolution, most churches were sold as national property and subsequently destroyed. This one was spared. In the early 19th century, the church was renamed St. Jean Baptiste when influential Monseigneur de la Tour d’Auvergne made this church his cathedral.

The altar dates from the 17th century.

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