Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 07/18/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2011



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corbel
Poitou-Charentes
Rioux
Charente-Maritime
Saintonge
France
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devouring
monster
style saintongeais


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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. The corbels depict musicians, acrobats, mythical animals, chimerae and threatening creatures like this devouring monster. The victim looks very unhappy, what is understandable.

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Sonja
Sonja
Bon appetit, little monster! :)
4 years ago.