Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 07/18/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2011



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style saintongeais
corbel
Poitou-Charentes
Rioux
Charente-Maritime
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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.

The apse of Notre-Dame de l’Assomption has an enormous richness on Romanesque carvings. Some corbels depict musicians and acrobats. Here is a flexible contortionist hovering over the semicircular blind arch.

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