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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.

Like most carvings here, this capital is damaged too. A "Master of Beasts", who once had grabbed his two lions by the tongues. Now there is only one lion left.

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Sonja
Sonja
Poor lion! This is a strange way to handle it!
5 years ago.