Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 07/20/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2012



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France
Saintonge
Meursac
Charente-Maritime
Poitou-Charentes
style saintongeais


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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.

It was difficult to squeeze myself into the crypt. When the stairs were cut into the rock, mankind must have been small and slender.

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