ÉGLISE SAINT PIERRE

Openings

Open all year

Every day of the week from 10:0am to 7:0pm

Description

On the border between the Poitou and Saintonge regions, on Santiago Compostela road, the church of Saint Peter, dating from the 12th century, is a true masterpiece of Poitevin Romanesque art. The church, is very well preserved, towers over a ground of strange tombstones and the hosannière Cross of the XIVe century. The west facing central doorway which was formerly surmounted by an equestrian statue of Constantin is a perfect illustration of the theme of "Sermon Saintongeais". The jewel of church is the South doorway, which is remarkable for its four archivolts with a bestiary, figures of the Apocalypse, the Apostles and the Prophets. The east-facing chevet (exterior apse-end of the church) is covered in highly attractive, sculpted and often symbolic figures (Scala Salutis).
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