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Colombiers - Notre Dame

Colombiers - Notre Dame
A fortified settlement in Colombiers is known since Carolingian times and a church, dedicated to The Virgin Mary existed already around 1000.

The parish church Notre Dame may be some centuries younger, but still has a Romanesque structure. The church has obviously undergone more than one construction- and and renovation-phases.

The facade is the oldest part dating back to the 12th century. The crossing and the choir are some decades younger. The nave inbetween is 15th century. Around the crossing are some remarkable capitals, depicting mermaids and mermen. After the strange merman, playing with birds (previous upload), these two mermaids are from the common ("traditional") species.

Is that really the common species? The left one looks like Gutemiene (Wife of Majestix, probaply having a different french name) in the nude. Anyway, they both got intact faces, which is not that common, IMO.
4 years ago.
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I have hardly ever visited a church with this amount of different species and I had the impression, that this "zoo" of very different mermaids and mermen may be not 12th century. They are all just too perfect and may (like the maid outside) be a result of a recent restaurantion. Though this couple seems to be the oldest of all.
4 years ago.