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The Church of Saint-Martin: photo, description Eglise Saint-Martin de Biscarrosse)

The Church of St. Martin is one of the oldest buildings remaining in the small Aquitaine town of Biscarrosse, which has become famous thanks to its database of seaplanes, where for some time he worked himself Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

The Church itself was built in the XV century. It is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, one of the patron saints of France. In the beginning of its history, this religious structure was of great importance - it stood on the famous pilgrimage route to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, where the tomb of St. James.

Extensive restoration work was undertaken in the late XIX-early XX centuries, when it was increased in size of the lateral naves, and also restored the damaged bell tower.

Among the details of the interior of the Church is particularly worth noting the decorations on the vaults of the ceiling, there is depicted various scenes from the Bible, religious symbols, figures of angels and saints, and a small sheep, which was later depicted on the first coat of arms of the city of Biscarrosse. The main altar of the temple is a masterpiece of Baroque art and dates back to XVIII century, while the altar in the choir is modern, it was finished in 1998, and its author was made by a local Abbot. Among the other utensils of the Church still stand ornate moldings, the baptistery designed for baptism. Particularly noteworthy are the stained glass Windows depicting various saints, including canonized in the twentieth century Joan of Arc, and scenes from the Bible - the Annunciation and the last judgment. In the Church there is a separate small chapel, but it is only for prayer.