Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 02/13/2016

Photo taken on July  1, 2015

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Saint-Pierre d'Aulnay
Via Turonensis
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Aulnay - Saint-Pierre

Aulnay - Saint-Pierre 

"Saint-Pierre d'Aulnay" is a church outside of Aulnay, in the center of an old graveyard. The setting has not changed for centuries. For the pilgrims of the 12th century this church was a major halt - and it still is for all the tourists...

A predecessing church „Saint-Pierre-de-la-Tour“ had been here, that, when the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella got more and more popular, was obviously too small, as Aulnay was conveniently situated between Poitiers and Saintes on the Via Turonensis. A new, larger church was needed, so the place was handed over to the chapter of the cathedral in Poitiers. The canons then probably planned this church, that was erected from about 1130/1140 on.

"Saint-Pierre d'Aulnay" (here seen from east) is a gem of the "style saintongeais". For Peter Strafford ("Romanesque Churches Of France") this is "one of the best examples of late Romanesque architecture in what used to be Aquitaine".

A closer look onto the western facade. The plain upper section, the clumsy buttresses were built within the 15th century, when the facade needed some urgent repairs. These repairs actually did more damage to the facade, that all wars and even the French Revolution, when the facade lost the statue of a horseman, placed on the second level. The facade is otherwise still very complete. The central arch and the two pointed blind arches, even the conical turrets on either side of the facade are from the 12th century.

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