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  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.
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April 17 2014 5 17 /04 /April /2014 10:26

251 Au Temps Des Cerises, Jumièges

If I didn’t already tell you, let me say it again: the weather in Haute Normandie was just wonderful last weekend. Not only were the fruit trees blossoming, so were the cherry trees and fields of yellow rape. 256 Au Temps Des Cerises, JumiègesOn the morning of my second day, I had a sumptuous breakfast in the dining room of our chambre d’hote. The owner was very kind and served us fresh crepes with several different homemade jams and conserves. While I ate, I wondered what the day was going to bring since the countryside appeared to be covered in a thick fog. 255 Au Temps Des Cerises, Jumièges254 Au Temps Des Cerises, Jumièges257 Au Temps Des Cerises, JumiègesI took a few photos of Au Temps de Cerises and then decided that the fog would likely burn off by the time I reached my first destination for the day, the Château de Robert le Diable. 262 Les bacs de SeineSince there was no bridge over the Seine nearby, we would have had to take the road around the river and put over 50km on our car. Fortunately, drivers can take the ferry over the river at Le Mesnil-sous-Jumièges and the distance is only 18km. 263 Les bacs de SeineThe ferry had to wait for eight vehicles to board before casting off to the other side of the Seine which we couldn’t even see because of all the fog. 266 Château de Robert le DiableWhen we arrived in Moulineaux, we parked the car beside the war memorial which was constructed using the remains of an old tower from the château. The Château de Robert le Diable is a feudal castle from the time of the Dukes of Normandy. 276 Château de Robert le Diable282 Château de Robert le Diable293 Château de Robert le DiableIt takes its name from Robert the Devil who, according to some, was Robert de Montgommery, also known as Robert le Magnifique ('the magnificent'), Duke of Normandy and father of William the Conqueror. However, there is no evidence that this person was involved in the construction. The castle was built during the 11th and 12th centuries and stands on a hill which dominates the River Seine--the views extending over the whole Rouen region, making it a particularly strategic location.  280 Château de Robert le Diable270 Château de Robert le Diable279 Château de Robert le Diable274 Château de Robert le Diable275 Château de Robert le DiableFortunately for us, the fog had cleared off and all that remained could be seen hovering over the Seine. It is known that the English King Richard I ('Lionheart') stayed here. His brother, King John ('Lackland') destroyed the castle during his struggle with the King of France Philip II Augustus. The latter rebuilt it. During the Hundred Years War, the people of Rouen destroyed the towers to prevent the castle being used by the English.

297 Château de Robert le Diable

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April 17 2014 5 17 /04 /April /2014 09:45

226 Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille

Well, it was getting rather late and after visiting Caudebec-en-Caux, we still needed to visit the Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille de Fontenelle. It is a living, working community of monks and so the buildings are not open to visitors unless you take a guided tour. Although the visitor’s center was still open, the guided tours were finished for the day. 219 Abbaye de Saint-WandrilleThe rest of the property is open to the public and this includes some spectacular ruins that date as far back as 649 when the first community of monks moved to this area. The history of the monastery has not been at all lucky. Besides the chief basilica Saint-Wandrille built seven other churches or oratories both inside and outside the monastic enclosure. 222 Abbaye de Saint-WandrilleAll of these have either perished in the course of time, or were replaced by others at a later date. The first church was burned down 756. In 852 it was raided by Vikings and once again burned to the ground. 249 Abbaye de Saint-WandrilleAfter another restoration in 966, the abbey was destroyed by lightning in 1012. After two hundred years, it burned down again in 1250. 227 Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille229 Abbaye de Saint-WandrilleIn 1631 the central tower of the church suddenly fell, ruining all the adjacent parts, but fortunately without injuring the beautiful cloisters or the conventual buildings. During the French Revolution in 1791 Fontenelle was suppressed, and in the following year the property was sold by auction. The church was partially demolished, but the rest of the buildings served for some time as a factory. 250 Abbaye de Saint-WandrilleMonks came back to the area in 1898 but were expelled to Belgium in 1901. The present community of monks have been here since 1931 but once again they fell on hard times when the Germans plundered the monastery in 1940. 239 La nouvelle église, Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille241 La nouvelle église, Abbaye de Saint-WandrilleIn 1969, a tithe barn from the 13th and 15th centuries from the hamlet of Canteloup à La Neuville-du-Bosc was transferred within the walls of the monastery by the monks themselves and rebuilt to become the new Abbey Church.  The wood beams are bare inside and there is very little light.  243 La nouvelle église, Abbaye de Saint-WandrilleNext to the main doorway is a restored mise au tombeau from 1506. 235 Chapelle Notre-Dame de Caillouville-la-NeuveThere is also a small, charming chapel by the monks' cemetery that is open to the public called Chapelle Notre-Dame de Caillouville-la-Neuve. 247 Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille211 Saint-Wandrille-RançonWithin the town as well as the abbey property are some beautiful timber framed buildings.  Just down the street is a very nice gift shop. There are products from several different monastic communities available. I purchased some beautiful Christmas cards to use next December. Near the famous abbey is the parish church which was established around 735 with materials from the Roman ruins in Lillebonne. 217 Église Saint-Michel de Saint-Wandrille215 Église Saint-Michel de Saint-WandrilleThe building was destroyed during the Norman invasions, but rebuilt in wood and stone in the eleventh century. It has a rather sombre interior with walls lined with numerous statues from different centuries.

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April 16 2014 4 16 /04 /April /2014 16:07

171 Caudebec-en-Caux207 Caudebec-en-Caux

Caudebec-en-Caux is a pleasant town settled around the Seine where the Ste-Gertrude Valley runs into the river. It was here that I stopped on my way to Jumièges where I had booked a room at a chambre d'hôte called Au Temps des Cerises. I wasn’t planning on stopping but I needed to do some shopping to get some stuff for dinner since I didn’t want to go out to some restaurant. I’m so glad I stayed for a while and took a walking tour of the town. The Quai Guilbaud along the river is a popular place for a stroll and offers wonderful views of tour boats and barges passing by as well as the Pont Bretonne. Because there are so few bridges over the Seine in this part of Normandy and because the river winds its way like a serpent throughout the countryside, it can be difficult to get from one point to another. A good example of this is the Pont de Bretonne in Caudebec-en-Caux which was built in the 1970s to relieve the amount of traffic taking the numerous ferries along the river. There are still quite a few ferries and one day in particular, I took a ferry that cut my distance from 50km to only 15km. 201b Les anciennes prisonsOne of the first interesting old buildings in town was the Old Prison which dates from the 14th century. 203 Maison des Templiers, Caudebec-en-Caux205 Maison des Templiers, Caudebec-en-CauxCloser to the center of town is the Maison des Templiers (12th and 13th centuries), called “Templar” perhaps because it served as a Protestant temple during the Reformation. It escaped destruction in 1940 probably because of its stone structure—one of the few houses of its kind from medieval Normandy. When an American threatened to buy the building and rebuilt it stone by stone in the United Sates, a local association saved the building and created the Museum Biochet-Bréchot which now houses items of local history and archaeology. 201 Caudebec-en-Caux201a La tour d'HarfleurSadly, much of Caudebec-en-Caux lost its ancient fortifications in 1378 however some portions of the old walls still exist like the Tour d’Harfleur and the Tour des Fascines. 197a Caudebec-en-Caux197 Caudebec-en-CauxThere are several half-timber houses in the town as well which give an idea of what Caudebec must have looked like during the Middle Ages. 196 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-Caux195 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-Caux193 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-CauxThe chief architectural interest of the town lies in its Flamboyant church, Église Notre-Dame which was constructed during the 15th and the early 16th centuries. Henri IV once described it as “the most beautiful chapel in the kingdom.” It is certainly that—the belfry is 53 meters tall and its upper part is surmounted by a stone crown spire. The west façade is pierced by three doorways which portray 333 different characters from the Bible and by a remarkable rose window surrounded by small statues. 186 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-CauxInside, there is no transept and the nave is quite narrow. 185 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-CauxThe 17th century baptismal font is decorated with intricately carved panels. 187 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-CauxThe great organ is from the 16th century and has 3,345 pewter pipes. 180 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-Caux178 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-CauxThe Chapelle du St-Sépulcre at the rear of the church has a set of large stone statues (16th century) including a recumbent Christ which were originally from the Jumièges Abbey. 189 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-CauxThe Chapelle de la Vierge, or Lady Chapel is famous for its keystone which weighs over seven tonnes. 192 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-Caux181 Église Notre-Dame de Caudebec-en-CauxThe most impressive parts of the entire place are the stained glass windows which date from the 15th and 16th centuries.

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April 16 2014 4 16 /04 /April /2014 13:05

163 Théâtre gallo-romain de Lillebonne159 Théâtre gallo-romain de Lillebonne

It’s hard not to get upset sometimes by the unusual opening and closing times of some places in France but it seems to be more common with me when I travel because things that I really want to see are more often than not always closed. It’s so frustrating. Case in point is the Roman amphitheatre in Lillebonne. I already knew that it was undergoing some excavations and that it had only recently been reopened to the public but what I couldn’t find out from the internet were the opening and closing times. Wouldn’t you know it; I arrived just five minutes after they had closed the gates. 164 Théâtre gallo-romain de LillebonneI guess it wasn’t a really big deal since most of the amphitheatre can be easily seen from the road in front of the municipal museum. It was built in the first and second century and the central arena follows the usual plan of amphitheatres in northwest Gaul, where all kinds of spectacles were held (mythological scenes, gladiator fights, performing animals, hunts with small game). 165 Théâtre gallo-romain de LillebonneThe crowd watched from the cave, a series of stands probably made of wood. In the nearby park are the remains of a fortress rebuilt in the 12th and 13th centuries by William the Conqueror who assembled his barons here before invading England. 168 LillebonneOnce again, entry to this was closed.

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April 16 2014 4 16 /04 /April /2014 12:03

005 Colza

The weather was spectacular this last weekend that I decided to take a trip to the region around Haute Normandie known as the Seine Maritime. After making several stops to get pictures of the fields covered in rape flowers, or colza as it is known in France, I made my first stop in the delightful city near the Channel known as Fécamp. 009 FécampIt is a fishing port as well as a center for pleasure boats. According to its late medieval founding legend, the trunk of a fig tree (ficus) carrying the Precious Blood of Christ collected by Joseph of Arimathea was washed ashore on the riverbank at Fécamp in the 1st century. Immediately, a fountain of holy blood gushed from the site; the relic attracted many medieval pilgrims, enhancing the reputation of the city. 022 Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp025 Palais Bénédictine, FécampFécamp is also known for its Palais Bénédictine where the Bénédictine liqueur is made. The building, designed by Camille Albert in the late 19th century is a mixture of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles. Inside is a museum that displays a large collection of objets d’art as well as rooms adorned in chestnut and oak. 030 Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp033 Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp036 Palais Bénédictine, FécampThe most interesting parts of the building are the displays of objects and documents relating to the history of making Bénédictine liqueur as well as the visitor’s center with guided tours that show how the liqueur is made. After visiting the souvenir shop, we decided to take a hike along the sailors’ footpath (la sente aux matelots) to the top of the hill called Cote de la Vierge and leads to a park known as Cap Fagnet which overlooks the town. 042 La chapelle Notre Dame du Salut, Fécamp045 La chapelle Notre Dame du Salut, FécampAt the end of the hike one is greeted by the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Salut crowned with a golden statue of the Virgin who looks out over the sea. It was originally built in the eleventh century as a chapel where pilgrims from northern France could come to honor the “Precious Blood of Christ.” 047 La chapelle Notre Dame du Salut, FécampIt escaped destruction during the Revolution and found another religious vocation in the nineteenth century when the fishermen of Fécamp made the chapel the goal of their pilgrimages before leaving on trips to Newfoundland via the same path I climbed known as la sente aux matelots. 066 La sente aux matelots, FécampSome of the steps leading up to the chapel are adorned with religious images carved by sailors many years ago. Inside is a memorial with candles, ex-votos and flowers to all those lost at sea. 053a Semaphore, FécampAnother fixture atop the hill is the Sémaphore built in 1808 to help boats navigate to shore. 057 Les Blockhaus du Cap Fagnet, Fécamp059 Les Blockhaus du Cap Fagnet, Fécamp058 Les Blockhaus du Cap Fagnet, FécampDuring World War II, the Germans built several large bunkers and gun turrets along the alabaster coastline which can still be seen. 050 La sente aux matelots, Fécamp061 Côte d'AlbâtreThese white cliffs stretch as far as the eye can see to Étretat on one side and Dieppe on the other. 110 Abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp105 Abbaye de la Trinité de FécampIn the city down below are many old houses as well as churches that conjure up Fécamp’s medieval history including the Abbaye de la Trinité founded in 658. The cathedral is one of the longest in France at 127 meters, equal to that of Notre-Dame in Paris. The façade of the abbey features the statues of Richard I and Richard II. 157 Abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp151 Abbaye de la Trinité de FécampAbove the transept crossing rises the square lantern tower designed in the typical Norman style. 145 Abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp126 Abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp129 Abbaye de la Trinité de FécampInside the south transept is a beautiful 15th century sculpture known as the Dormition of the Virgin. To the right is the Angel’s Footprint. In 943, when the reconstructed church was being consecrated, it is said that an angel appeared and left his footprint on the stone. 130 Abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp140 Abbaye de la Trinité de FécampThere are several recumbent effigies and tombs within the church as well including those of the two benefactors of the abbey, Richard I (943 – 996), grandson of Rollon, a Viking chief and beside him, his son Richard II (996 – 1026). 133 Abbaye de la Trinité de FécampThe high altar was rebuilt in the mid-eighteenth century with a lavish canopy of gilded wood and pillars of red marble. 132 Abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp135 Abbaye de la Trinité de Fécamp138 Abbaye de la Trinité de FécampThe side chapels around the church are all enclosed with stone walls which are intricately decorated and altars that are ornately carved. One interesting feature of the church is the astronomical and tidal clock which dates from 1667 and is still in good working order. 148 Abbaye de la Trinité de FécampIt is one of the first clocks of its kind to display two needles to indicate the hours and minutes as well as the phases of the moon and tidal forces of Fécamp. 141 Abbaye de la Trinité de FécampBehind the high altar facing the chapel to Our Lady is the tabernacle containing the relic of the Precious Blood of Jesus. 155 Abbaye de la Trinité de FécampThe fine organ above the western portal was installed in 1746. 071 Maison des Moines insoumis, FécampAcross from the abbey is the home of the monks from the seventeenth century, known as Maison des Moines insoumis. 107 Palais Ducal, FécampAnother interesting residence is the Ducal Palace which was originally built in the 10th century on the site of an ancient nunnery destroyed by the Vikings. At the end of the 12 century, Henri II Plantagenet, the husband of Eleanor of Aquitaine, came to Fécamp to assert his rights over Normandy. He built the enormous fortified bastion on top of the ancient ramparts which can still be seen today. It was eventually dismantled and the castle was integrated into the monastic property around the abbey. 103 Muraille des Ducs, FécampThis is a long section of wall known as the Dukes’ Wall which is a vestige of the defensive wall of the palace and the Abbey erected in the 11th century. 078 La tour de la Maîtrise, FécampThis is La tour de la Maîtrise or Choir School Tower. It is part of the ancient exterior fortifications whose defences were composed of alternating round and square towers. It rises to two floors and in the Middle Ages it housed the famous Fécamp music school that provided the abbey with instrumental and vocal music. It is said that the choir’s repertoire was so extensive that it could be sung for ten years without ever repeating the same piece twice. 082 Quartier des Hallettes, FécampA walk through the old town takes you past many old houses which were originally workshops and homes of artisans and shopkeepers attracted to this area by the continual flow of pilgrims who visited the abbey. 091 l'ancien Hôpital de FécampNearby is the old hospital with a chapel built over a stream. Another very small building in the area is known as the Chapelle du Précieux-Sang and although it is not recognized by the local Catholic Community, in the garden adjoining the chapel is a spring whose waters are supposed to cure eczema. 093 Chapelle du Précieux-Sang, FécampAccording to some 19th century documents, owners of this garden charged patients for a few ounces of the holy water. One of the nicest surprises that Fécamp had to offer was le petit parc, a small green oasis located amidst all the buildings in the newer part of town. 051 La sente aux matelots, Fécamp117 Le petit parc de Fécamp111 Le petit parc de FécampInside, is the memorial to fisherman lost at sea erected for the “Thousand Years of Normandy” celebrations in 1911. It draws inspiration from the figure heads of Viking ships. 113 Monument des marins disparus en mer à Fécamp114 Monument des marins disparus en mer à FécampIn all, Fécamp was a great place to spend the morning.

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April 15 2014 3 15 /04 /April /2014 07:56

116 Mont Castre

Staying caught up with this blog is more difficult than you think. I’ve got so many photos of places I’ve visited recently that it is difficult to post everything. Still, I’m trying. A few weeks ago we had some wonderful weather and I took a short hiking trip near Lithaire along the path which winds around Mont Castre. During the 19th century, this place was the site of a stone quarry. Those mining operations ceased after the Second World War and all that remains is this large body of water in the middle of the rock. While walking, there are several panels which explain the history of the area as well as providing information about the local flora and fauna. 117 Mont Castre 119 Mont CastreAt the top of Mont Castre there are stunning views over the countryside including the town of Lithaire which saw a lot of fighting in June 1944 during the battle of the hedgerows. Also near the top of the hill are the remains of a megalithic site that has been dated to be around 5000 years old. 124 Mont Castre128 Mont Castre127 Mont CastreThe site is actually a gallery grave in the form of a megalithic tomb. Two parallel walls of stone slabs were erected to form a corridor and covered with a line of capstones. The rectangular tomb was covered with a barrow or a cairn. 133 Mont Castre134 Mont Castre136 Mont Castre141 Mont Castre142 Mont CastreNearby are the remains of a more interesting ruin called the “Vieux Château.” In 56 BC, during the Gallic war against the Romans, the Gallic people, ruled by the warrior Viridorix, were beaten by the legions of Julius Caesar led by Quintus Sabinus Titurius. 145 Mont CastreThe area has maintained its name as "Caesar's camp." Farther down the hill are the remains of the old 11th century church known as Église St-Thomas after Thomas Becket.

147 Église en ruines Saint-Thomas de Lithaire149 Église en ruines Saint-Thomas de Lithaire

150 Église en ruines Saint-Thomas de Lithaire

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April 10 2014 5 10 /04 /April /2014 13:08

082 Le donjon, La Haye-du-Puits

I had lunch at a nice family restaurant called “Le Commerce” in the town center of La Haye-du-Puits. Everything was just delicious and the chef cooked our steaks right in front of us over a grill in the fireplace. 069I’ll never forget how warm it was inside especially since we were seated right next to the chimney. La Haye-du-Puits is a pretty small town but it does have its attractions including an 11th century keep. It is believed that the keep is the oldest in la Manche and was constructed by Turstin Haldup. 084 Le donjon, La Haye-du-Puits

The motte rises to a height of 7 meters while the tower rises to nearly 20 meters. Inside is a spiral staircase but entry is forbidden since it is quite unsafe. 067 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-Puits070 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-PuitsAnother interesting place to visit is L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste at the heart of the town. The present church was built between 1851 and 1862 in the Gothic Revival style, the site of a much older Romanesque church. It suffered from bombings in June 1944, as well as the effects of the Battle of La Haye-du-Puits. The south tower which was destroyed during the war never rebuilt. 071 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-PuitsThe interior is quite spacious and very well lit. 072 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-Puits075 Monument funéraire d'Arthur de Magneville, L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-PuitsIt has two short side chapels including this one devoted to the Sacred Heart and another which houses the Renaissance tomb of Arthur de Magneville. The beautiful stained glass rosette above the portal was created in 1998.074 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-Puits

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April 10 2014 5 10 /04 /April /2014 12:38

054 Église St-Pierre de Bolleville053 Église St-Pierre de Bolleville

The original building that is now the choir of Église St-Pierre-de-Bolleville was first constructed between the 13th and 14th century. The rest of the building underwent extensive reconstruction during the 18th century as well as the 20th century when the church was badly damaged by bombs in 1944. 057 Église St-Pierre de BollevilleThe interior of the church is quite sombre and only lit with a few beautiful stained glass windows installed in the 1920s to commemorate local members of the community who died during the First World War. 062 Église St-Pierre de Bolleville064 Église St-Pierre de BollevilleThe oil painting above the main altar was done in the 19th century after Rubens and depicts Christ being taken down from the cross. To the left and right are the statues of Saint Paul and Saint Peter. 058 Église St-Pierre de BollevilleThe north chapel is dedicated to the Virgin and has statues of Saint Stephen (17th century), Saint Anthony and Saint Peter. 060 Église St-Pierre de BollevilleOf note is the spectacular 17th century chapel of Saint Sebastien with its beautifully sculpted wood. At the back of the nave is a 17th century baptismal font of limestone covered with a sculpted oak lid.056 Église St-Pierre de Bolleville

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April 10 2014 5 10 /04 /April /2014 09:27

043 Église de Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont

My next stop was to the 16th century Église de Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont with its 15th century fortified bell tower. 044 Église de Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont045 Église de Saint-Nicolas-de-PierrepontThe interior has some fine liturgical furniture including this 18th century baptismal font in the nave. It is perhaps more famous for its "mise au tombeau" created in the 16th century. The figures represented around Christ are Saint John, Mary Magdalen and the Virgin Mary. 048 Église de Saint-Nicolas-de-Pierrepont 049 Église de Saint-Nicolas-de-PierrepontBehind the figures one can see rocks, bones and even a skull. 052 Église de Saint-Nicolas-de-PierrepontThis chapel is also quite interesting for its altar painted in faux marble from the 18th century and a holy water font created from the remains of an old staute. 046 Église de Saint-Nicolas-de-PierrepontSome statuary within the church include that of Saint Catherine, Saint Sebastien, Our Lady of La Salette and Saint Hubert.

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April 10 2014 5 10 /04 /April /2014 08:09

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.

041 Ancienne église de Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont

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