A 12th century bell-tower which underwent alterations in the 13th
and 14th centuries, and a small nave where we can see that the lower
part of one wall must have been built with a fishbone tool, are all
that remain of the Romanesque church which must once have been much
larger (at least two or three bays longer).
of a roof on the west face of the tower leave can only leave us
guessing although we know that in the 19th century the length of the
building was reduced by half. The chancel is barrel-vaulted and a
cornice runs around the beginnings of the vault. To the north and the
south semi-circular arches sit on jutting-out shelves (imposts) which
are, themselves, supported by square columns.
The bell-tower rises above the chancel and, at its peak, a
bracket-supported cornice has human faces sculpted in each corner.
Each of the bell-tower’s four walls are decorated with two arches.
The roof used to be covered in ‘lauze’ stone tiles but the upper
part has been re-roofed in flat tiles.
Graveyard Church Wall Paintings
The small church harbours extremely valuable wall paintings.
On the vault :
Symbolising the universe, scattered stars form a background to a sun
and moon both represented with human faces. In the centre Christ in
all His majesty, or Pantocrator, sits on a throne, his right hand
held high in a gesture of blessing. Around him the four evangelists
are depicted as :
• a lion (Mark)
• a winged man (Matthew)
• a bull (Luke)
• an eagle (John) (sadly, no longer visible)
The three visible symbols have their heads turned towards Christ in
Luke represented by a bull.
the back of the chancel :
To the left of the arch, a scene of the Annunciation. The angel
Gabriel, on the left, has come to tell Mary that she has been chosen
by Holy Spirit and to announce her future pregnancy.
On the right, St Christopher, patron saint of the church. He is
represented as a powerful character with a sketched-in face. He is
leaning on a thick, blossoming staff and carries the infant Christ
on his shoulders.
first left-hand arch in the chancel :
This Romanesque-style painting is certainly the oldest in the
church. The composition is framed; in the centre, identified by an
inscription, is St Leonard and kneeling at his feet two people pay
him homage. High in the picture, two angels point out the scene.
the bottom right-hand corner, a building with an open door
represents a prison. St Leonard, a companion of Clovis, was given
permission by the latter to liberate the prisoners and this is what
the painting depicts. The two people kneeling are thanking the saint
for having freed them from prison.
On the south wall scenes from the Last Supper and two apostles are
still visible. In the 19th century the nave was shortened and
lowered and many paintings were destroyed.
An enormous head on the north wall can just about be discerned. It
is Leviathan and in his mouth the damned writhe in torment. To the
left of Leviathan, part of another scene representing the seven
Deadly Sins is framed, but only one figure, possibly Lust, is still