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>> I think Paris had con-cathedrals during the Carolingian period,
Saint-Etienne and perhaps N-D. This is based on a very old book and someone
may have more accurate info on Paris' situation.
>This is not quite the same thing. Cathedral complexes containing more than
one church, as well as a separate baptistry, were quite common in
the early Middle Ages. Although in some instances there are references
to "summer" and "winter" churches,etc., I don't believe much is known about
the way that such complexes worked.
there was also, at paris, in front of the cathedral, a baptistry, dedicated to
St. John, was there not? i've never seen a reference to what the "purpose"
of st. stephen's was. just a place for the canons to go to get stoned, was
the consensis 35 years ago; but that idea is probably subject to revision,
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