Sunday, 3 November 2013

Church on Sunday...Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne

The church of Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne on the banks of the river Vienne near its confluence with the Loire was closed when we pulled up but there was a sign on the door saying the key was available from the restaurant next door. I got the distinct feeling that he did not enjoy the responsibility of 'key-holder'.

You enter the church via a door under a side porch,which was added in the 16th century, which takes you first, into the 11th century nave and then into the 12th century choir. There is a rather elaborate altar...

...with some fine detail

There are also two equally elaborate side altars.  

There are some nice examples of stained glass windows.

 The 11th century nave has a wooden barrelled ceiling

As you look back down the nave you cane see the evidence of earlier doorways and modifications.

                   Where's Joan...she's here a  now very familiar pose. 

Externally the stonework has a story to tell...of a different time.

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