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Anzy-le-Duc  Prieuré Ste-Trinité | by Martin M. Miles
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Anzy-le-Duc Prieuré Ste-Trinité

The priory of Anzy-le-Duc was founded 876. When Hugues de Poitier, one of the founders, died here in the "odeur" of sanctity (930) the first pilgrims started to head for this place.

The church (used as a parish church today, dedicated to the Assumption), was erected 1180 - 1230, when great numbers of pilgrims met here. The layout of the church is similar to the (ruined) church of nearby Charlieu: a basilica with a transept and five apses.

 

During the Wars of Religion Huguenots destroyed the tomb of St. Hugh and in 1594 the church was set on fire. After the priory was dissolved in 1789 the church was sold and abandoned, before the villagers used it as a parish church in the early 19th century.

 

The church in Anzy-le-Duc is known for it´s richness of carvings, and so it is probably the finest example of romanesque art in the Southern Burgundy. The carvings are remarkable for their workmanship, though they may differ in quality. Six different masters (or workshops) can be found, differing in style - and in themes and designs. Í will resist to upload all photos I took.

 

More detailled now the right side of the lintel, depicting the hell.

 

The evil monster Leviathan, a giant snake with front legs (and so similar to the monster seen on a capital in the nave), has grabbed a soul from a pile. The devil is riding the monster. The devil has four souls on a chain. I am not sure about the angel on the right. Is he saving some souls out of the hell? Note the little dog with the curled tail under the lintel.

 

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Taken in April 2011