Bourgogne mausoleum in Champagne (Marne)
A superb Byzantine Revival treasure
In the 19th century, Marie-Théodorine Faynot, devastated by the death of her husband Judge Faynot, commissioned a mausoleum in his honor. A monument worthy of a king, it was inspired by Byzantine art and more specifically the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy. Decorated in precious marble and mosaics, the mausoleum, which measures 18 meters tall and covers an area of 300 square meters, was left abandoned in 1914. The magnificent building gradually fell into disrepair until a local charity (the Bourgogne Mausoleum Rescue Association) was established in 2011 to restore and preserve the monument.
The restoration of the mosaics has been ongoing since 2015 (project managed by Jérôme Clochard of the Absolut Mosaïque studio) and I have lent an extra pair of hands since 2016.
The Bourgogne Mausoleum Rescue Association is in need of funding. All the restoration work is being financed by donations and cultural patronage (with tax relief). You can support this heritage project by making a donation online: here.
Photo credits: Absolut Mosaïque.