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The Notre-Dame-en-Vaux in Chalons-en-Champagne is a Gothic church built from the twelfth to the fifteenth century. In the nineteenth century it was added a carillon of fifty six bells. Notre-Dame-en-Vaux possessed a venerable relic that attracted many pilgrims and made his fame: the relic of the Holy Navel of Christ, destroyed in 1707 by Jean-Baptiste-Louis-Gaston de Noailles, bishop of Chalons-count. However this relic is attested at the beginning of the fifteenth century and the pilgrimage which promoted the construction in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, is instead a pilgrimage to the Virgin With its two lead-covered spiers reflected in the Mau, the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux has become the emblem of the city of Chalons-en-Champagne. It is located on a site that was already assigned to the cult since the ninth century. Little church little is known that preceded it. The current building, whose construction was begun around 1157 and completed to the shell, to 1217, is a large Gothic monument with forums and clerestory, which retains in its oldest parts, traces of Roman influence. The Collegiate Church - which was at the time both collegiate and parish church - was an important center of pilgrimage to the Virgin. The exterior is framed by four Romanesque towers (influence of the Cathedral of Toul), two in front, two at the corners of the transept and apse. Before the Revolution, all four were overcome arrows.

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