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Discovering Saint-Nazaire church in Azay-le-Ferron

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Parish church Saint-Nazaire church in Azay-le-Ferron

Romanesque style

In front of Azay-le-Ferron castle, on the little square, this is the church dedicated to saint Nazaire.

We have a Romanesque church (13th c.) even if the façade was restored in the beginning of the 20th century by architect Henry Dauvergne.

Only the portal with its sculpted capitals is Romanesque.

Galliffet, pray for us!

We still can see on walls a funerary painting (litre funéraire in French) belonging to Galliffet family, lords of Azay-le-Ferron in the 18th c.

When the lord died, they painted in the church a kind of border with his coat of arms, to honour his memory.

Barbe and her pagan daddy

We have gorgeous statues, like this little sainte Barbe (″Barbara″), with her 3 windows tower!

The Christian tradition says Barbara, who lived in the 3th c., was locked in a tower by his pagan daddy, in order to protect her from the Christians!

But, hard luck, after a quick absence, the dad discovered his daughter converted to Catholicism...

He put her on trial and killed her. Then, he was struck by a lightning and reduced to a little dust pile...

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