Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 09/06/2014

Photo taken on July  1, 2013

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Rots - Saint-Ouen

Rots - Saint-Ouen
The parish church of the small village Rots was a dependency of the abbey Abbaye Saint-Ouen de Rouen, founded by the merovingian nobility in the 7th century, in medieval times.

The nave dates back to the 12th century, while the Gothic transept and the choir are younger. The structure of church, situated in the center of the graveyard, suffered severely by a "reconstruction" of the late 19th century, when large parts were just rebuilt, and the devastation during the Battle of Normandy (1944), when the church was hit by shells.

The nave has a large number of blind arches. The decoration is extravagantly and reminds strongly on carving technique and lavish style found in the Poitou. Here is the archivolt over the side portal. Note, that all "heads" here differ.

The carvings are very unweathered, so it may well be, that they are copies created after WW2.