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Place de la République

The St-Trophime church still exists and can be visited.

Van Gogh in

Cathédrale Saint-Trophime

  1. 20 Feb. 1888 1888
     - 8 May 1889

Vincent admired the entrance of the St-Trophime church on Place de la République. He wrote to his brother Theo in March 1888:

“There’s a Gothic porch here that I’m beginning to think is admirable, the porch of St Trophime, but it’s so cruel, so monstrous, like a Chinese nightmare, that even this beautiful monument in so grand a style seems to me to belong to another world, to which I’m as glad not to belong as to the glorious world of Nero the Roman.” Read the complete letter

Relevant letters from Vincent

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  1. Marije Vellekoop, Roelie Zwikker

    Vincent van Gogh, tekeningen, deel 4: Arles, Saint-Rémy, Auvers-sur-Oise
    Amsterdam, 2007