Venus, Apollo and Mercury meet in Saint-Martin church

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Saint-Martin church in Lacs Parish church

The church


A nice Romanesque church with its tower-bell (14th c.), listing to Historical Monuments, with its nice caramel stone…

Venus, Apollo and Mercury


The church has a pretty strange chevet. Come here! 3 semi-circular windows, curious modillions with animals’ heads… very Romanesque! And so what? Look closer… did you see these 3 carved stones?

3 Gallo-Roman stones representing Apollo, Mercury and Venus… Eccentric, isn’t it? We wonder if the actual church was raised upon an old Gallo-Roman temple, because of these remains…

So maybe stones from that temple were used when they raised the current Romanesque church. We distinguished well those stones made of different colours: we recognize the gods standing near a kind of pedestal.

The most legible is the low-relief with Mercury on it: we still can see his silhouette and his left hand on a caduceus. We even can see a bird on his left!


And also!