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August 27 2012 2 27 /08 /August /2012 15:14

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7130/7872537710_76ca92ee67.jpgOn June 23, I attended the Clochers en fête which took place among several churches in the Marais du Cotentin.  Because I didn’t want to be shackled to a tour guide and only see one or two churches, I visited about twelve on my own.  It was quite an adventure and took me to several churches that were not normally open to visitors during the week.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8301/7872535296_58c289ce68.jpgOne of these churches was the Église Saint-Candide de Picauville.  Saint Candide was an officer in the Theban Legion of the Roman Empire who was murdered in 297 in Valais, Switzerland on the orders of the Roman Emperor Maximian for refusing to fight against the Bagaudae in Valais who were Christians.  He was martyred with his companions which included Saint Maurice.  Their remains were found in the fourth century by the Bishop of Lyon, Saint Eucherius (449) who told the story of their martyrdom.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8427/7872536554_53c525ed18.jpgA basilica was built near the site of their martyrdom which became the Abbey of Saint Maurice-en-Valais.  Today, the cult of these martyrs (especially that of Saint Candide) is quite rare—to find a church dedicated to the saint in Picauville, Normandy is rarer still.  The church’s tower rises above the transept crossing.  The upper part was rebuilt in the 15th century, and resembles the church tower in Périers.  It has a pierced railing in the flamboyant style flanked by pinnacles.  The octagonal spire is pierced with quatrefoils like those seen on the spire of the church in Carentan.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7872537240_937bc4df25.jpgAttached to the south wall of the nave is a large porch of 19th century construction.  The chapel at the corner of the transept and the south aisle dates as far back as 1402.  The sacristy was built when the choir was enlarged between 1680 and 1702.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7872535954_3530fec205.jpgThe large window of the apse is dedicated to the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian and is one of the masterpieces of the workshop Champigneulle. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8288/7872533326_261c987c92.jpgThe dignity of the figures and the evocation of Roman monuments are in perfect harmony with the seriousness of the subject.  A clever composition and choice of colors highlight the principal personage, the saint who adjured Diocletian to stop the persecution of Christians.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8290/7872533964_f79742cc0d.jpgThe covered marble baptismal font dates from 1848.  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7275/7872534656_667c857e95.jpgIn the southern aisle of the church is a large, beautiful statue of Saint James the Pilgrim of polychrome limestone which dates from the 14th or 15th century.

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