ID: Secanda 16.1 (2016-12-14)
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Alet is the former name of St-Servan, that is today merged with St-Malo. Alet was episcopal see until the 13th century, when the see was transferred to St-Malo. Former St-Pierre Cathedral is now in ruins, only its eastern apse (reworked) and two arcades are still present as elevation. The rest of the building is leveled but its plan is still very visible at the ground level.
The current building is the third in this place. It was erected on the bases of a first Carolingian cathedral. This first cathedral itself occupied the site of a Gallo-Roman building of the 4th century, may be reused as the first Episcopal building at the end of the Roman Empire.
The current building, in ruins, dates back to the second half of the 10th century, i.e. at the end of the Scandinavian incursions. This building, the largest known in Brittany for the pre-Romanesque period, has the distinction of having two apses, one to the east (as usual) and another to the west. This is the only building with double apse known in Brittany. It was razed in 1255, apart from its eastern apse which became St-Pierre chapel. Damaged by bombing in World War II, the chapel was deconsecrated and cleared of later additions.
Former Alet cathedral is listed in the Monuments Historiques (Historical French Heritage) since 1945.
This model attempts to reconstitute the building as it was in the 10th century, based on remains still in place as well as data of P. Guignon (in Églises du Haut-Moyen-âge en Bretagne, 1998).
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