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023 Église Sainte-Trinité-Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont

A few weeks ago I took the car out to visit some places around La Haye-du-Puit including the Église Sainte-Trinité in the small village of Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont.  It was built in 1955 to replace the old church which was destroyed by the Germans in 1944.   024 Église Sainte-Trinité-Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont 030 Église Sainte-Trinité-Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont

The inside is fairly modern with an arched ceiling.  It still retains some objects from the old church including this 12th century bas-relief of Christ in Majesty.  031 Ancienne église de Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont034 Ancienne église de Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont035 Ancienne église de Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont036 Ancienne église de Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont

About 200 meters away are the ruins of the old Romanesque church.  It still maintains an outline of its old walls and some fine 12th century bas-reliefs in the choir including an image of Saint Matthew and another of a lion which represents the evangelist, Saint Mark.  037 Ancienne église de Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont038 Ancienne église de Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont

The ends of several columns still have sculpted heads which are in ecxellent condition.  Outside, behind the choir is a memorial plaque to some French soldiers who died on this spot defending the town against Germans during the war.  033 Ancienne église de Saint-Sauveur-de-PierrepontOn 18 June 1940, a French detachment composed of survivors from several other units used two 75 mm guns to stop the advancement of Rommel's 7th Panzer Division.  Led by Naval engineer, Henri Ramas, the troops delayed the German advance by more than ten hours which allowed the British forces to regroup and perform sabotage missions on equipment that could be used by the enemy.  Sadly, Henri Ramas and many of his men were killed on this spot during the fighting.

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