The village grew up around an early 13th century church built
during the reign of Henry III, King of England and Duke of
Aquitaine, by the ecclesiastics of St Astier, followers of St
The architecture is
particularly notable are the monumental facade and, inside,
the oval dome in the centre of the church, under the belfry.
The facade provides a clear example of the Saintongeais style
and is composed in three stages.
At 400 meters
from the town centre and its remarkable 12th century
Romanesque church, are the washing-place and the old fountain
of Guinot. The site of the washing-place and the fountain
occupies a small, verdant, rural valley. A marked hiking trail,
recorded in the Departmental Plan of Walking Routes, has been
created. The fountain of Guinot is indicated on the circuit as
a place to visit and rest. The place is very old, having been
the subject of ancient rites and endowed with thousand-year-old
legends, according to historical publications. It is a
cultural place for the curious. Culture also, in view of
events planned for 2011 on the theme of folk tales
(exhibitions, meetings, recitals, etc. ..), the choice of this
project being based on the fact that many stories have been
recorded at St. Martin de-Gurson and published by contemporary
authors in French and Occitan.