EGLISE SAINT-ETIENNE

FONTENAY - 36

To the south, a 16th century chapel, called the tithe chapel, remains the only evidence of the original building. This one is vaulted with flamboyant arches falling on fluted bases, decorated with very fine cherubs and small characters. Below a bay, it houses the burial place of the Lords of the Tithe, decorated with bas-reliefs representing funerary emblems: a skull and bones, a corpse-like man, pierced by an arrow, with a naked child and an owl at his feet, and God the Father, wearing a tiara. This rare and precious example preserved in Berry, of decoration sculpted in stone, inspired by the treaties of the time on the art of dying well, was registered in the supplementary inventory of the Historical Monuments, on October 30th, 2003.

Themes of the site
  • Church
Architectural styles
  • Romanesque
Individual visits
  • Free on request

EGLISE SAINT-ETIENNE

Le Bourg
36150, FONTENAY
France
Itinerary
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