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The Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Prot: photos, description Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais de Jonzac)

The Church of Saint-Gervais is located in the heart of the Spa town of Jonzac, just 100 meters from the embankment of the river dormice and 300 metres from the medieval castle. The saints of this Church in particular are the brothers Gervasius and Protasov, the early Christian martyrs of the first century. Their relics were discovered at Milan by Ambrose of Milan in the year 386.

The Church itself is Romanesque style. Its construction began in the late twelfth century, and from that era have survived triangular West facade, decorated with rows of columns, and among the interior part of the chorus. In XV-XVI centuries the Church was much rebuilt, and the nave was doubled. However, the Cathedral was seriously damaged during clashes with the Huguenots in the second half of the XVI century - was destroyed by ancient vaulted ceilings.

From 1847 to 1851 was a large-scale reconstruction of the Church. The restoration of the building took place in accordance with the Romanesque architectural style, but also added a new, contemporary details and decorative elements, in particular, was differently decorated Windows. In addition, was rebuilt the bell tower square, towering over the old Western facade. As for the interior decoration of the temple, it was also entirely rebuilt in the XIX century in neo-Romanesque style.

Interesting appearance of the Church - in addition to the elements typical of Romanesque architecture, there is still carving ivory - tradition, came from Islam. Also among the decorations you can find Persian and even Irish tunes. He's old façade, consisting of three levels, each of which is represented by arcades with columns, is a unique phenomenon in the architecture of the region.

Since 2001, the Church of Saint-Gervais is a monument of history and culture of France and is under state protection.