Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 07/12/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2012




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snake
Saint-Eutrope
Poitou-Charentes
Biron
Charente-Maritime
Saintonge
France
talking heads
monster
pilgrim
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Saint Eutropius of Saintes


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Biron - Saint-Eutrope / Notre-Dame

Biron - Saint-Eutrope / Notre-Dame
Notre-Dame is the parish church of Biron, a village 6kms east of Pons.
Once the church was dedicated to Saint-Eutrope as a relic of "Saint Eutropius of Saintes", who came to the region to evangelize the Gauls in the 3rd century, was kept here.
Erected within the 12th century the church got fortified soon after. During the 15th/16th century it got enlarged, the apse got vaulted and a chapel was added.

Sculpted capitals can be seen high up in the dim light near the apse. Compared to the masterly carved works all over the Saintonge (and here outside as well), these carvings are rough and clumsy. A pilgrim in his way to Santiago. Two evil "talking heads" to the right and a monster to the left.

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