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Tauriac - Saint-Etienne | by Martin M. Miles (gone, to meet Father Christmas..)
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Tauriac - Saint-Etienne

A "villa Tauriaca" was given to the Bishop of Le Mans already in 585 by some Alderic. At that time probably a chapel existed here. The portal seen today dates to the 12th. century - and it is unusual, as it does have tympana in the flanking arches. Modifications were made, when the church got fortified in the 16th century, but meanwhile the portal is pretty much back to the original state.

 

Most capitals and corbels of the church are undamaged, like this contortionist under the roof, demonstrating his flexibility.

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Taken in August 2011