Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Église Saint-Pierre in Arlempdes

Back to the Auvergne! This is the church of Saint-Pierre in the small town of Arlempdes which, if you remember, is home to the first château on the Loire River. It was built in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and updated in the sixteenth. The overall style is romanesque.

The facade of the church of Saint-Pierre seen through a portal in the city's ancient wall.

The church's bell tower is built as a clocher à peigne or clocher-mur, a flat, vertical wall with openings that contain bells. I've seen these before, but I didn't know until now what they are called.

The church's bell tower, or clocher-mur, with three bells, but space for four.

The church was locked up tight when we visited, so we didn't get to see inside.


  1. The bells would be:- Ding, Dang and Dong.

  2. Grand! That looks like something that would survive all these centuries.

  3. Thanks for the vocabulary addition. I didn't know there was a name for a wall like that.

  4. I really love the first photo and saved it. I think I'm going to try to do a watercolor version someday. If it's any good, I'll show you.

  5. potty, hehehe!

    mitch, it's amazing how much has survived, all over the world.

    emm, you're welcome!

    ginny, ooh, that would be cool!


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