Wednesday, July 3, 2013

France Part 9: St. Martin's

Outside of Limeuil stands a lone chapel.  This 12th century church was in the worst condition of all we visited.  It's dark, imposing exterior surrounded by colorful burial crypts beckoned us to come take a we did.  One could honestly spend all their time just visiting 12th century churches on a trip like this.

The original dedication stone, in Latin.  In reading about the history of the church here, I discovered this chapel was dedicated to Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The name of Saint Martin was added later.  There is a very long, complicated history between England and France. (Understatement.)

Frescoes painted long ago.  Some still remain.  I wonder what the church looked like in its glory days.

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