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July 23 2014 4 23 /07 /July /2014 08:53

188 Église Notre-Dame de Surville

While driving home, approaching the small town of Surville and the flat green earth of this low lying land all around me I could easily see in the distance this small church directly beside the road. What struck me first was the imposing bell tower which looked like a fortified keep. Like so many churches in the area, I assumed that it once served as a lookout tower for invaders from the sea. Inside, there is a lot of information about the liturgical furniture but little history about the origins of the church itself. I found some information online. It turns out that the original construction was built in the 13th and 14th centuries and served as a chapel dedicated to Sainte-Anne for the owners of the château. It became a church much later. I’d like to say a special thank you to Le Chevalier Dauphinois, a fellow over-blogger for his interesting insights on this place. 190a Église Notre-Dame de SurvilleThe painted wood of the main altar and its retable were actually built during the 19th century from a recycled 17th century altarpiece. At the center is a painting of the Resurrection of Christ and on either side are statues of the Virgin and Child as well as Saint John the Baptist. 194 Église Notre-Dame de Surville196 Église Notre-Dame de Surville192 Église Notre-Dame de SurvilleThere is another beautifully painted altar in the chapel dedicated to the Virgin. Statues resting on the altar are all depictions of the Virgin while the other three represent Sainte-Barbara, Sainte-Anne and Saint-Sébastien. 193 Église Notre-Dame de SurvilleThe baptismal font is made from marble from Montmartin and dates from the early 19th century. 198 Église Notre-Dame de SurvilleJust opposite is an early 19th century confessional. 195 Église Notre-Dame de SurvilleAlong the wall of the same chapel you can admire a carved limestone credenza from 1554 which has a special hole in the bottom of the receptacle for holy water to return to the foundations of the church. 202 Église Notre-Dame de SurvilleAcross the street from the church is the Château de Surville which can be rented out for receptions, weddings and conferences.

186 Château de Surville

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