Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Eglise Saint Maurice la Clouere


The church of Saint Maurice la Clouère, in Vienne.
Eglise Saint Maurice la Clouere, Vienne. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

On our recent trip to the Charente-Maritime Simon scheduled our first rest break at about an hour and a half from home, at Saint Maurice la Clouère, so we could check out the impressive Romanesque church there. 

Detail of the Romanesque windows and blind arcades.
Detail of the church of Saint Maurice la Clouere, Vienne. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

This large building, erected at the end of the 11th century or beginning of the 12th, has a trefoil footprint that is unique in Poitou. The apse has a series of bays with windows topped by a blind arcade. Many of the decorative carvings feature dragon like animals, a typical motif for the area.                         

Blind arcading.
Blind arcading on the Church of Saint Maurice in La Clouere, Vienne. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Sadly, the interior has suffered badly from damp, and despite restorations in the early 20th century, the wall paintings are very damaged and faint. Somewhere in the church there is a representation of three boats, believed to be referencing Columbus's expedition to the Americas, but we could not find it.

Detail of the carving on the south entrance.
Detail of the carving on the south entrance of the Church of Saint Maurice la Clouere. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The rather cavernous interior.
Interior of the church of Saint Maurice la Clouere, Vienne. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

A symbolic representation of Jerusalem, in graphite ochre.
Representation of Jerusalem on the walls of the church of Saint Maurice la Clouere. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

14th century wall painting of Mary Magdalene.
14C wall painting of Mary Magdalene in the church of Saint Maurice la Clouere. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.


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2 comments:

chm said...

I had never heard of this beautiful church. Thank you for posting about it.

Susan said...

It certainly is an impressive church, worth a stop if you are passing through, or an outing if you live nearby.

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