Come and discover the beauty and mysteries of the abbey of Châtres
The Abbey of Châtres located near the village of Saint-Brice (Charente) is a Roman style abbey built in the 12th century whose history and architecture are rich, different and mysterious.
Its architecture is characterized by two very significant elements. First, a facade with a very beautiful poly-lobed gate.
The façade has 3 levels with 3 then 5 and finally 9 arcades framed by two columns. The very fine and elegant sculptures are mostly based on acanthus flowers. Another significant element: inside a row of 4 domes on pendentives such as are very rarely seen in Charente.
One is surprised by the contrast between the exterior of the abbey, all in finesse and elegance, and the nudity of the interior
Abbaye de Châtres - 16100 Saint Brice
L'abbaye de Châtres date du XIIème siècle. Elle est un symbole fort de l'art roman en Saintonge. Avec notamment une façade majestueuse sculptée avec une grande finesse, avec sa file de 4 coupoles sur pendentifs.
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