Capitel, drawing

      Capitels : Their style is classic Romanesque: over a torus base, a carved echinus topped by chamfered abacus..Capitel, two heads Despite their simplicity they display elaborated combinations from three main elements: human heads, leaves (plain or palms), interlaces (plain, ribbon, dotted).

          Given the very strong unity of construction, we may assume that, like the choice of elements, the distribution of their combinations could suggest a Christian symbolism older than the representation of Biblical subjects
          For more details on early experiments to represent human figures on an interlaced background, links the site of  Conques.

Heads, entrelaces, leaves

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     Piscina : In spite of his etymology it is not an olympic swimming pool, not even a baptistery large enough to permit imersion, as in Poitiers the Baptistère Saintt Jean. It is in fact a small sink (the conical part is about 20 cm in diameter) piscina where the priest emptied the water used for rinsing the sacred vessels. The water pours off and is absobed in the inner fondations.

     This practice disappeared numerous centuries ago and piscinae were often transformed, or walled up, or buried by raising of floor level. The trefoil arch, more recent, proved the custom to be continued later in Brux than somewhere else.

     The paintings
     Virgin and Child : 
XVII C, attributed to the school of Van Dyck. Perhaps presented late XVIII C by one of the Montalembert, lords of Epanvilliers. Recently beautifully restored along with another work showing Joseph’s Dream, copied from an original by Simon Vouet, a French contemporary of Van Dyck, these paintings hang facing one another high up in the choir. More on this pages 

    The funeral litre : A funeral litre (or "listre", same etymology as "list") is a black strip the lords had  right to paint, decorated with their coat of arms, in the churches in honour of their dead. It runs on the aisles walls. The layer of lime whitewashing was removed and the listre fully restored in 1993-94. A naked Mélusine decorate some of the 12 shields of the Saint-Georges de Vérac family, lords of Couhé and Brux.

black strip


Stained glass

    The stained-glass window The Holy Family and Saintt Martin by Guéribault, 1870. Size: 1m x 0,6m.
     This well made window was commissioned by the family Rivaud de la Raffinière. On the right, St Martin face, set upright and without halo probably shows the portrait of the patron.
      Restored in 1993-94 by Ateliers Louis Martin

Donor as St Martin

  Altars :  A modern style altar in the form of a freestanding table was inaugurated after the completion of the restoration of the church interior and dedicated in 2003. It stands in front of the XIX C altarpiece with built-in tabernacle, on the front of which is a decorative panel showing Saint Martin asserting his readiness to serve as a soldier of Christ. The niche to one side, containing the ‘veilleuse’ light kept lit to mark the presence of the Host in the tabernacle, is backed by a square slab of slate marked with crosses; this is in fact an altar of XVII C date, which would originally have been mounted in a wooden table, and which would have accompanied an individual priest from Parish to Parish. 


panoramic apse side

panoramic to nave

Fish-eye panoramics - 1997


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