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corbel
Poitou-Charentes
Rioux
Charente-Maritime
Saintonge
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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. Only a tiny human arm can be seen, between the monster´s horrible teeth.

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