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Saint Hilaire Church in Melle

Melle is a town in France, situated along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. Melle is home to three Romanesque churches, the most important of them is the Saint Hilaire Church. The church was built in the 11th and 12th centuries, it is a so-called hall church. The Saint Hilaire Church is notable for the large amount of sculptures on the outside and inside walls of the church, one of the most famous sculptures is the statue of a horseman above the north entrance door. The church survived the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion almost intact. The Saint Hilaire Church in Melle was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France.

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Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The statue of the horseman is the subject of discussions among art historians, the horseman has been identified as...

Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The statue of the horseman is the subject of discussions among art historians, the horseman has been identified as Charlemagne, but also as Emperor Constantine triumphing over paganism and also as Jesus Christ violating the Ancient Law.

  1. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The statue of the horseman is the subject of discussions among art historians, the horseman has been identified as...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The statue of the horseman is the subject of discussions among art historians, the horseman has been identified as Charlemagne, but also as Emperor Constantine triumphing over paganism and also as Jesus Christ violating the Ancient Law.

  2. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: Since 2011, a modern marble chancel adorns the transept, it was designed by the French designer Mathieu...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: Since 2011, a modern marble chancel adorns the transept, it was designed by the French designer Mathieu Lehanneur.

  3. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The vault above the chancel. The Church Saint Hilaire in Melle is a masterpiece of the Poitiers...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The vault above the chancel. The Church Saint Hilaire in Melle is a masterpiece of the Poitiers Romanesque Style.

  4. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The barrel vault of the nave. The Saint Hilaire Church is a so-called Romanesque hall church, it was...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The barrel vault of the nave. The Saint Hilaire Church is a so-called Romanesque hall church, it was built in the 11th and 12th centuries.

  5. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The capitals of the columns depict scenes of daily life, such as a wild boar hunting scene, sculpted leaves,...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The capitals of the columns depict scenes of daily life, such as a wild boar hunting scene, sculpted leaves, strange animals and other ornamental scenes.

  6. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - The Saint Hilaire Church in Melle is dedicated to Hilarius of Poitiers, a bisshop and theologian who was born in 315 AD.

    The Saint Hilaire Church in Melle is dedicated to Hilarius of Poitiers, a bisshop and theologian who was born in 315 AD.

  7. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The north entrance door, the horseman is a crowned rider whose horse tramples a seated figure wearing a long robe.

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The north entrance door, the horseman is a crowned rider whose horse tramples a seated figure wearing a long robe.

  8. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The Romanesque church was built in the 11th and 12th centuries, it is a so-called hall church. 

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The Romanesque church was built in the 11th and 12th centuries, it is a so-called hall church. 

  9. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The decorations on the doorposts of the south entrance door. The church is notable for the large amount...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The decorations on the doorposts of the south entrance door. The church is notable for the large amount of sculptures on the outside and inside walls.

  10. Saint Hilaire Church in Melle - Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The decorations on the doorposts of the north entrance door. The church survived the Hundred Years War and the...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The decorations on the doorposts of the north entrance door. The church survived the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion almost intact.