Set to a soundtrack suitable for the most climactic moment of an episode of Game of Thrones, this drone footage from filmmaking duo BigFly takes viewers inside the St. Louis Church in Paimboeuf, France. As it carefully navigates around the church’s arches and pendentives, the drone captures the space in a distinctly golden light, giving viewers up-close looks at the bold colors and flamboyant ornamentation for which the neo-Byzantine style is recognized.
The video takes its name, “Byzantine,” from the church’s distinctive architecture style, though having been completed in 1913, the design actually belongs to the Byzantine Revival period that took place in the late 19th century, long after the fall of the Byzantine Empire.
Designed in 1877 by brothers Lucien and Ludovic Douillard, the Saint Louis Church is one of the few examples of Byzantine Revival architecture in northwestern France. It was designated as a French National Heritage site in 2006.