Saint Eutrope Church

On the instructions of Viscount Aymeric of Rochechouart in 1075, the construction of the church commenced. Unfortunately it was built next to a natural spring, and so for nearly 1000 years it has suffered serious damp problems, causing fungi and algae to coat the interior. It was also built on sloping ground, which meant that the sloping dirt floor had over the centuries become hard, and therefore slippery due to the constant damp. The actual soil of the church had been created in the middle of the X1Xth century. Before, beaten earth was used to shape out tombs, of which those of notable rank were recognised by granite slab. It wasn't until the early 1900's that the dirt floor was replaced with tiled stepped terraces.


The church, which is dedicated to Saint Eutrope, who was bishop of Saintes at the end of the 3rd century, is one of the most striking examples of Romanesque architecture in the Limousin (the facade is of the neighbouring charentais style), and with over 900 years of history retained within its walls, it still holds some secrets. Similar to most other ancient buildings, it has witnessed several changes to its structure. From major reconstruction in the late 12th century to cater for a Priory, to the collapse of the bell tower several hundred years later. In October 1907 its historical importance was recognised and was made an historic monument. Today, ongoing restoration work is not only still uncovering and therefore preserving more of it's unique history, but is also giving this beautiful monument a new lease of life.

Saint Eutrope




Saint Eutrope Church


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