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Lanleff - Temple | by Martin M. Miles (on the road again...)
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Lanleff - Temple

The "Temple de Lanleff" is a monument in ruins, built on a circular plan, probably within the 10th/11th century. It is not known, who erected this and some even saw this ruin as a prehistoric monument or Roman temple. In 1148 a church here, dedicated to the Virgin, belongs to the possessions of the priory Saint Magloire in Léhon.

 

Circular and octanogal churches (eg. Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre, Laon, Montmorrilon, Eunate, Torres del Rio, Tomar, Zadar, Drueggelte..) are surely inspired by the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and often connected to the Knights Templar, but - there is no proof here.

 

From this pov some of the very rough, weathered capitals can be seen.

 

Medieval ruins are often used to exhibit modern art. Sometimes these modern objects of art add something to the place. I have to admit, that I felt strange about the wooden "alien" in the center.

 

 

The ASSOCIATION « LE TEMPLE DE LANLEFF has an interesting website:

 

lanleff-temple.fr/

 

 

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Taken in August 2014