Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 09/09/2014

Photo taken on July  1, 2013

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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 around the crossing. This one is indeed perfectly carved! A priest (?) standing under a arcade. He is flanked by two persons (only one is visible from this pov). As one pair of (front-)wings can be seen, these persons may be seraphs.

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