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Saint Symphorien from the east

Saint Symphorien from the east
Back to the church in Bussière Dunoise, this is the view of the apsidal end of the chancel, and there is a little puzzle here! The cornice of the apse is interrupted at the centre, and the puzzle is: was it built like this, or was it removed during a later restoration, to allow the insertion of a newer, taller window?

It could be either! I really do not know, - I don't recall seeing anything like it before, but that is part of the fun of looking at old buildings!

1953 Canon IVSb, f2.0/50mm Jupistar 8 lens, x 2yellow filter. Polypan F in D23, 10mins @21C. Scanned on Epson V500@2400dpi.

V100 1008, tiltdesign2011, Marije Aguillo, Day Dreamer and 7 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Nice composition Mike!
I think, as we have many examples here in Italy, that the church started as romanesque style and ended in gothic.
23 months ago. Edited 23 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to giovanegian
Gianni, molte grazie!

You are so right! Although there are very many romanesque churches in this region, very few of them have not been "gothicised" at some time in the past. Here, I think this window is from the first modernisation, at the end of the 15thC, and this was when the cornice was altered.

Much more drastic was the 17thC restoration, when a very nice, but totally inappropriate, classical entrance was built into the west front! Then they finished it off with the giant carpentered spire and belfry!!

Of course, these are huge spans of time, and it's easy to forget how much things have changed in the last 200 years, and that it was no different in the middle ages!

Always fun to talk about such things!
Ciao, Mike
23 months ago. Edited 23 months ago.
giovanegian has replied to Mikeinlagardette
23 months ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Very beautiful.
23 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Don Sutherland
Don, many thanks for your encouragement!
23 months ago.
Lovely, well done ;-)

Your beautiful capture was admired in Historical & Architectural Gems.
23 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
June, please excuse the delay, but sincere thanks!
22 months ago.
Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo
Excelente toma.
22 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Marije Aguillo
¡Marije, muchas gracias por su aliento!
22 months ago.
22 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to tiltdesign2011
Ralf, Vielen Dank nochmals!
22 months ago.