French Department :
08 - Ardennes
Please, visit this church with the
slow adagio for violin
The Fortified Church :
The symbol of medieval fortification is the castle, but some little towns have not the chance to be protect by a strong castle. One of the solution is to built a forified church.
Here is a exemple of this kind of fortification.
The small town of Nouvion sur Meuse is located between Sedan and Charlevilles Mézière. (Where is this church ?).
Description of the church :
As like the other churches in France, this construction is near the downtown. My special dictionary of fortifications has a little text to explain this church, but i am surprised that it seems to be "normal".
The bell-tower has certainly to be used as turn to see ennemies, but no fortification is front of me.
It is while approaching that I see a door with a small machicolation over.
I think : "It is a minimal construction against attack" ... ans suddenly, i see an other machicolation.
On the back, there is a surprise. This small building is like a little tower (a refuge ?). The angle is made with some big ashlars and built with quality. Have you seen the different stone between wall and angle ?
My "medieval eyes of knight" have remarked a lot of holes on the wall. It is for medieval guns. I imagine there were built on 15th century.
It is really a beautiful construction of defensive hole.
After 30 minutes to look this church i think : "All feudal constructions are often interesting !"
History of castle :
- At the 15th century (?), with plundering and the insecurity, the church is built to protect the villagers.
- In 1972, the church is registered in french database of Historic Buildings.
- At the 21st century, the discovery of outside is free. The visit of inside is authorized except when there is the religious office, but the tower is not worth visiting..
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