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soul
Abbaye aux Dames
Calvados
Basse-Normandie
France
14
devil
capital
angel
Rucqueville


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Rucqueville - Saint-Pierre

Rucqueville - Saint-Pierre
Rucqueville, a tiny village about 10 kms east of Bayeux, was a settlement already in gallo-roman times. Saint Pierre was erected end of the 11th century on older foundations. At that time, the place was owned by the abbey "Sainte Trinité" in Caen (aka "Abbaye aux Dames"). This may explain why such an "expensive" church was built here. Saint Pierre houses some of the most elaborate capitals I found within the region. Medieval masters have worked here.

Here is one of the eight capitals all around the crossing. Two angels (at the corners) lift up a soul (in the mandorla) to heaven. The ugly little devil, holding his torture-fork, is left with nothing.

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