Eglise Saint Pierre
in Martailly-lès-Brancion, BRANCION, France
Eglise Saint Pierre BRANCION Reviews
Dedicated to my countless friends,fans of Romanesque churches! Sep 17, 2010
The church St Pierre(St Peter) in Brancion located on a rocky outcrop is a perfect example of the Romanesque architecture found in the area.
At first a very small church mentionned in 964 in a Charter from Cluny,it was rebuilt out of hard limestone stones on the twelfth century on the original site in pure Cistercian style:plan of a Latin cross,a low-ceilinged nave on three barrel vaults,transept,side aisles,an apse and a square belltower.
Entering the church,one is surprised by the lack of light of the church only lighted by narrow slits of windows on the side aisles and by its high degree of humidity(roof seepage,wall infiltrations...)that have damaged the Medieval wall paintings executed in the first quarter of the 14th century on the theme of the last judgment and the resurrection when Brancion was a holding of the Dukes of Burgundy.
The front of the church offers lovely panoramic views across the Grosne Valley and the Burgundian countryside.
Only open everyday from Easter to All Saint's from 9am to 7pm
free entry,guided tours for groups on request at the tourism office.
Part of the TOURNUS,JEWEL OF ROMANESQUE ART AND CENTRE OF GASTRONOMY IN SOUTH BURGUNDY travel blog
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