Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 12/14/2013


Photo taken on July  1, 2013



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Saint-Fortunat
Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde
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Poitou-Charentes
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Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde - Saint-Fortunat

Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde - Saint-Fortunat
A harbour and a settlement existed here during Roman times already. A parish and a church Saint-Fortunat is mentioned in 1136, when Pope Innocent II confirmed a donation of the Abbey La Chaise-Dieu (Haute Loire).

The erection of the church, seen today, started within the 12th century, but the structure got severely damaged during the 100 Years´ War and got rebuilt in Gothic-, later altered in Renaissance-style.

The church is rather large for a small town with a population of less than 900.

The Romanesque facade dating back to the 12th century is undamaged and very complete, what is a surprise, as the village was a stronghold of the Protestants.

One of the large archivolts over the cenral entrance (previous upload) consists out of 26 identic horse's heads. Here is a close up.

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