Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 07/17/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2012



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Saint Eutropius of Saintes
Saint-Eutrope
fascinator
millinery
Poitou-Charentes
Biron
Charente-Maritime
Saintonge
France
dernier cri


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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.

Compared to the clumsy carvings inside the church (previous uploads), all carvings outside are masterly carved. There are some exceptional corbels under the roof in Biron. This noble lady obviously got portrayed on her way back from from the millinery. She is wearing an early fascinator, the "dernier cri" of her time. She frowns, as the headpiece was really expensive.

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