Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 07/20/2013

Photo taken on August  1, 2012

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Meursac - Saint-Martin

Meursac - Saint-Martin
Erected within the 12th century the parish church Saint-Martin got severely damaged and partly destroyed during many feuds and wars fought in the Saintonge.

The church got fortified, repaired and rebuilt, so it is no wonder, that by now this is a mixture between "saintongeais" Romanesque style and late Gothic style. The whole apse (not visible from this pov) is Gothic - and somehow out of proportion.

In the 1970s a small crypt was discovered, cut into the stone below the choir. Some see this "cave" as a celtic "panic room", later used as an ossuary - and forgotten.

A very large Gothic choir was added to the once single nave church, creating a pretty complex structure now.

Geoff. McElwaine
Geoff. McElwaine
Serene interior. I saw your fine picture in the group: Church Interiors.
5 years ago.