The Church of Notre Dame de Courçon is essentially Romanesque, despite its appearance as a fortified church. It was built at the end of the 1091th century, in the year XNUMX.
During the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), the church was equipped with some defensive elements:
- the walls were raised considerably
- the thickness of the wall of the facade was increased to more than 2 meters
- the door was protected by a double machicolation on arches
The great nave is Romanesque. It was completed in the 1867th century. The Romanesque style vaults at the entrance to the nave give way to Gothic style vaults at the height of the choir. The broken barrel vault at the entrance was originally made of stone. In XNUMX it was rebuilt in brick. It was probably also at this time that the buttresses were reinforced, in order to stop the separation of the walls.
The side chapels are additions from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. The stained glass window, which dominates the altar, is in the Flamboyant Gothic style. Its mullions (ribs) were replaced at the end of the XNUMXth century. It is not known what its previous course was. The stained glass represents from left to right: Saint Guillaume, Joan of Arc, Saint Louis and Saint Bernard.
The slightly rectangular bell tower is Romanesque. Very sober, pierced with 4 openings resembling loopholes, it was originally topped with a pyramid roof. Rebuilt in 1900, it now has a dome with pendentives and a bell that weighs 450 kilos. It was certainly during this period that it was "decorated" with slots.
The riches of the church of Courçon:
- the most remarkable is a copy of the large Holy Family by Raphael, located on the south wall of the choir. This canvas is from the 1499th century. Its original is in the Louvre Museum. This work is attributed to Jules, known as "the Roman" (Guillio Pipi de Jannuzi 1546-XNUMX) pupil and collaborator of Raphaël. It would be a gift from the Duc de la Rochefoucauld. The canvas is classified by the Fine Arts.
- the altars and altarpieces of the side chapels are from the XNUMXth century. They are also classified.
- the current High Altar dates from the beginning of the XNUMXth century. It is made of fine cut stone.
- the baptismal fonts are in the Louis XIV style.
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