Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 04/07/2017

Photo taken on August  1, 2016

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bible de pierre
War in the Vendée
Temple of Reason
Pays de la Loire
creation of Eve

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Benet - Sainte-Eulalie

Benet - Sainte-Eulalie
A Benedictian piory existed here since the 11th century. A large church for the convent was erected from the 12th century on. Of this church only the western facade survived. Though weathered and vandalized the facade still has many elements of the Romanesque church. When the church got rebuilt, after the naves had collapsed, in the 15th century large buttresses were needed, to stabilize the structure.

During the French Revolution served as a Temple of Reason and was later used as a saltpeter factory, what means explosive gunpowder (sulfur + charcoal + saltpeter was produced here.

Benet is a small town, west of Niort, in the Vendée, the deprtament where in 1793 the "War in the Vendée", an uprise against the young republic, was fought. The counterrevolutionary rebellion ended, when tens of thousands of civilians were massacred by the Republican army.

A closer look onto Sainte-Eulalie´s facade.

The elaborate archivolt around the central window makes clear, why this is known as a "bible de pierre", a bible from stone. Many biblical scenes can be found here. The carving style is delicate and reminds on works in the Charente (eg Fenioux).

A detail of the archivolt.

The creation of Eve.

Genesis 2:21-22

"So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man."

Again (see previous uploud) God is well dressed, beardless and somehow feminin.

Au Cœur..., aNNa schramm have particularly liked this photo

aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm
A beautiful woman - right - with the long braids ...

God is well dressed, beardless and somehow feminin ... Near the Chiemsee, Bavaria, in a small church in Urschalling* - is the Holy Trinity
The Holy Spirit is represented as a woman ...
warm greetings aNNa*
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