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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".

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After having found many "similarities" between Saint-Peter and the church in nearby Salles-lès-Aulnay - I had the impression, that I had seen this (side) portal of the western facade "somewhere else". At that day I could not remember, but some days later I walked through Fenioux - and found it. So I´ll add some more details.

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I have uploaded many photos already taken during previous visits. So I will now add only a few.

Lebojo, Elbertinum, red (movingphoto) have particularly liked this photo


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Anne-Marie(Minus)
Anne-Marie(Minus)
un travail artisanal impressionnant
2 years ago.
Sonja
Sonja
I love corbel#4 and #6 and especially the way the two look at each other as if they plan something...
Devil to Tyrannosaurus: "See that guy with the camera? Fetch, Hasso!"
Tyrannosaurus to Devil: "Later.... my tummy feels like stone...."
2 years ago.
Elbertinum
Elbertinum
c'est magnifique - on a visite aussi autres basiliques en France -
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Splendid details.
Congrats on Explore.
2 years ago.