Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 07/18/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2011



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France
Saintonge
Charente-Maritime
Rioux
Poitou-Charentes
style saintongeais
Virgin and Child


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Rioux - Notre-Dame de l’Assomption

Rioux - Notre-Dame de l’Assomption
Not much is known about the history of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, an outstanding example of the specific "style saintongeais".

As the structure is so masterly built and has such sophisticated carvings, it is believed, that this was a priory church, when it was built mid of the 12th century.

A close up of the "Virgin and Child" in the center of the facade. There were four angels who supported the mandorla once. They are weathered and broken off. On the lower part of the oval only the hands of the angels can still be seen.

The carvings of the pillars and the capitals are very intricate.

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