Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Church in Saint-Epain

Not actually the church but a nearby building with an interesting square tower.
Erected in the 12th century, on the site of an older building, it grew from the Romanesque apse in the Poitevin style. At the transept crossing, tall gothic windows pierce the square 12th century tower and make it appear higher. The tower roof is a sort of multi-sided cupola.

The back of the church and associated buildings.
This building, partially in the Angevin gothic style, was enlarged and remodelled in the 13th, 15th and 16th centuries, and restored in the 19th century. It was classed as a Historic Monument in 1913. Apparently the choir still has its magnificent oak stalls from the beginning of the 16th century, but I've never been inside to see them.

The facade.

The facade again.

A gargoyle.

Another gargoyle.

A dragon.

A decorated corner buttress.

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