The church of Saint Etienne in Aigrefeuille d'Aunis went through different periods of construction.
Its walls have preserved remains from the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Romanesque art is present in this building through its transept with broken barrel vaults.
The church is a 12th century building. Initially, it was a modest construction in the Romanesque style that was altered several times.
This former outbuilding of the chapter of Soubise is a composite building, enlarged at several periods of the Middle Ages.
The Saint Etienne church will retain its old appearance until the radical restoration that affected it in the 19th century. The architects, Massiou and Courlineau, profoundly changed its exterior silhouette, by removing the upper rooms established on the vaults, by redoing a good part of the facings and windows and, above all, by replacing the bell tower of crusaders, a high bell tower surmounted by an arrow in the southwest corner, outside. The choir received ribbed vaults. All of this was completed in 1897.
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