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Saint Hilaire Church in Melle

Melle is a small 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 late 11th and early 12th centuries, it is a hall church, a church with a nave and side aisles of approximately equal height. The Saint Hilaire Church is renowned for its large number of magnificent Romanesque sculptures on the outside and the inside walls, one of the most celebrated 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 Heritag 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 intense discussions among art historians, the horseman has been...

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

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The statue of the horseman is the subject of intense 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 vaulted ceiling above the chancel. The Church Saint Hilaire is a masterpiece of the Poitiers...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The vaulted ceiling above the chancel. The Church Saint Hilaire is a masterpiece of the Poitiers Romanesque Style, a style that developed around Poitiers in France.

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

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The imposing barrel vault of the nave. The Saint Hilaire Church is a 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, among them a wild boar hunting scene, sculpted...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The capitals of the columns depict scenes of daily life, among them 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, who was born in 315 AD. He was a bisshop and one of the most important...

    The Saint Hilaire Church in Melle is dedicated to Hilarius of Poitiers, who was born in 315 AD. He was a bisshop and one of the most important theologians of his time.

  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 hall church, a church with a nave and...

    Saint Hilaire Church in Melle: The Romanesque church was built in the 11th and 12th centuries, it is a hall church, a church with a nave and side aisles of approximately equal height. 

  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 French Wars of Religion almost intact.