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Church of the assumption of virgin Mary: photo, description Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'assomption de Gruissan)

Church of the assumption of the virgin Mary located in the historical centre of the small coastal town of Gruissan, Languedoc - Roussillon. She stands at the foot of another famous landmark - the ruined tower Barbarossa XIII century.

The Church itself was built at the junction of the XIII and XIV centuries. It is a powerful fortified building with battlements and other defensive elements, typical of religious architecture in the South of France of the era. These narrow, but long, loopholes have subsequently been increased slightly in size to the room penetrated more light, but on normal Windows they are a little similar. The most ancient part of the building is the Church tower, which also served as a tocsin tower in medieval fortress.

The Church consists of one nave and has low vaulted ceilings that form in the end, the semblance of massive triumphal arches. However, the ceiling in the choir and side chapel made more gracefully. Interestingly, this chapel was a relatively recently - in the XIX century. Here is located the entrance to the Church. Now it is very nicely furnished - there are three wooden sculptures depicting the virgin Mary with Joseph and St Dominic.

In the center of the main altar, too, is a sculptural group in painted wood, symbolizing the assumption of the virgin Mary. The altar is surmounted by a marble canopy resting on columns of pink marble. This entire ensemble was badly damaged during the French revolution and rebuilt in the mid nineteenth century. Also in the Church there is a unique pattern of 1797, depicting St. Peter, the patron Saint of fishermen. Every year, on June 29, the feast of this Saint, this painting stand during the service.