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Time for some ecclesiastical architecture now...

There's an abbey at Lagrasse, and a very splendid one, too.  But there's also a church, right in the middle of the town and hemmed in by buildings (the painted ceilings, incidentally, were in a residential building attached to the church - not exactly a Bishop's Palace, but still representing quite a comfortable residence, thank you very much!)


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As usual, the church architecture showed plenty of complexity.  I was particularly struck by this doorway, which had previously been much larger.  I suspect though, from the ogival shape of the larger archway, that this didn't mark the original entrance - it looks a bit fifteenth century to me, while the church itself is earlier...



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Inside, we have another example of these apsidal ended churches which proliferate throughout the area (comparable with the church of St Vincent in the Bastide de Saint Joseph, Carcassone...):-



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I'm not sure if the lop-sided character of the vault is real, or a trick of the camera angle.  The Narbonne church which now houses the carved stone repository certainly features a lop-sided vault, so I wouldn't be at all surprised.  I don't recollect spotting such weirdness in this church at the time of our visit, though, so it could be purely an illusion.  Or else I was still in such a daze and a dither after gazing upon the painted ceilings that I didn't even notice...
This isn't another example of the meridional gothic form which is so commonly found throughout this part of France.  Instead, we see quite a complex arrangement of vaulting, as opposed to the plain barrel-vaulted form with its hefty diaphragm arches which I've featured previously:-


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The painted walls are, of course, much much later than the medieval ceilings I featured yesterday, too!



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