Verdon Gorges - Les Gorges du Verdon

AUPS - Collegiate Church Saint Pancras

Aups - Collégiale Saint PancraceThe Collegiate Church of Saint Pancras is located at the entrance of Aups, on your right when you passed the beautiful fountain. Building constructed in the late fifteenth century, in Gothic style of Provence, it will experience the city with the violence of the religious wars that shake France less than a century later.

The onslaught of the Huguenots have completely gutted the Collegiate Church, which no longer has any furniture or any decoration dating from the time of construction. However, during the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the Church of Saint Pancras is enriched with beautiful pieces, including no fewer than seven altarpieces and new woodwork and statuettes. Magnificent altars are also from this period.

The Collegiate Church of Saint Pancras has also lost during the wars of religion and its carved portal tympanum surmounted it. The latter was replaced by an eardrum with little elegance. To make matters worse for him, the separation of church and state in 1905 earned him of being decorated with the French motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" so conspicuous if the set is rather ungainly. Often mentioned the rarity of the inscription on a religious building, it is unfortunate that in this case its rarity does not give great value…

The Collegiate Church of Saint Pancras, in Aups is listed in the inventory of historical monuments and boasts a small museum of religious art that has a cross, probably the oldest Provencal processional cross. Among other pieces, also note the presence of a silver reliquary, which contains the relics of Saint Pancras, a young Christian martyr of the third century.


Aups - Gorges du Verdon