Located in the heart of the medieval walls of Surgères, the Notre Dame church is a masterpiece of Romanesque art, dominated by an octagonal bell tower. The church imposes itself by the scale of its facade, with carved motifs of an exceptional variety.
The Notre-Dame church was built at the end of the XNUMXth century by the Maingot family, who donated it to the Vendôme abbey. The church will then know a certain number of conflicts, where it undergoes in turn destruction and transformations.
The church underwent several destructions and then reconstructions during the Hundred Years War. The vaults of the nave and their pillars are redone, as well as the arms of the transept. A crypt was built in the XNUMXth century.
The Wars of Religion and the Revolution did not leave it unscathed either. The building was then rediscovered by Prosper Mérimée in 1841 and then underwent numerous restorations. In 1862, the Notre-Dame church was classified as a historical monument.
It is possible to admire the exteriors, to visit the interior, to discover its crypt with XNUMXth century frescoes.
Church of Our Lady of Surgères: Historic Monument classification by list of 1862
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