Ferrières-en-Gâtinais abbey

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This is a nice little village, all around its churches and its 16th century's surrounding wall. I went for a little stroll in the narrow streets, in order to discover the wash-houses, and now I'm on a square, where stand churches. The abbey church amazes me: it's so huge!

Ferrières used to be very important. Since its foundation (attributed to Clovis), the abbey had a very strong cultural influence thanks to its scriptorium ("copyists studio") in the 9th century. After Normans invaded, the abbey was prosperous in the 12th and 13th centuries. Buildings were raised in the 15th century. But when the French Revolution came, it was sold and destroyed.

The Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul Carolingian church was raised in the 12th century. We notice the dome and the bell-tower (Romanesque in the lower part, Gothic in the upper) with the 15th century spire.

In front of the portal, I notice these columns crowned by capitals, where little characters are carved in: lute players? Oh, I give up guessing... Inside, there's a Romanesque font, with faces spitting water: hey, the carved eyes are looking at us, or...?