Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 12/12/2013

Photo taken on July  1, 2013

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Lord of Lusignan
Notre-Dame et Saint-Junien
Bertrand Du Guesclin

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Lusignan - Notre-Dame et Saint-Junien

Lusignan - Notre-Dame et Saint-Junien
1024. Legends tell, that the castle was built by Mélusine, a legendary water nymph, for her noble husband. I had met her already in Pathenay.

The church was completed in the early 12th century, but underwent a number of alterations over the century. The

In 1373, during the 100 Years´ War English troops seized Lusignan, during the siege and the reconquest, led by Bertrand Du Guesclin, the tower - and the vaults collapsed. Already four years later, the damages were repaired.

The most interesting work of art in Lusignan is (for me) the nothern portal, seen here. It once opened to a small priory, dependent of the important Benedictian Abbey Saint-Junien in Nouaillé-Maupertuis (30kms west), that existed already in Carolingian times. The 23 carved stones around the 12 c. portal depict a medieval bestiary.

Interesting. 5th from left, you got an elephant again, for your collection... and up in the middle is a devil face.
4 years ago.