Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 07/18/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2012



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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 and chimerae. You may have seen the right centaur with the slingshot already on the previous upload. Here you can see, that he indeed hit the neighbouring centaur - and damaged him badly.

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