Le Clocher de l'Abbaye aux Dames - Saintes, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sara et gege
N 45° 44.681 W 000° 37.485
30T E 684763 N 5068425
Quick Description: in the town center. Dans le centre ville.
Location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Date Posted: 10/28/2019 10:37:30 AM
Waymark Code: WM11HQ2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11
Views: 2

Long Description:
Wikipedia source:
The bell tower rises at the crossing of the transept. Formed of two floors resting on a stump in stone, it passes from a square plan to a circular plan. The four sides of the lower part contain bays framed by arcades, while the cylindrical drum of the second level is pierced by a series of twelve twin bays.

The coronation of the bell tower, consisting of a flint arrow called "pinecone" inspired by the funerary monuments of antiquity.

From a symbolic point of view, the passage from the square to the circular plane indicates the passage from earthly life to spiritual life.

The bell tower has an abundant carved decoration, illustrative of the Romanesque art saintongeais. The capitals are decorated with plant or geometric motifs, religious scenes, fabulous animals such as the phoenix, symbol of resurrection.


source Wikipedia :
Le clocher s'élève à la croisée du transept. Formé de deux étages prenant appui sur une souche en pierre de taille, il passe d'un plan carré à un plan circulaire. Les quatre faces de la partie inférieure accueillent des baies encadrées d'arcades, tandis que le tambour cylindrique du second niveau est percé d'une série de douze baies géminées.

Le couronnement du clocher, formé d'une flèche à écaille dite « en pomme de pin » s'inspire des monuments funéraires de l'Antiquité.

D'un point de vue symbolique, le passage du plan carré au plan circulaire indique le passage de la vie terrestre à la vie spirituelle.

Le clocher comporte un abondant décor sculpté, illustratif de l'art roman saintongeais. Les chapiteaux sont ornés de motifs végétaux ou géométriques, de scènes religieuses, d'animaux fabuleux tels le phénix, symbole de résurrection.


Wikipedia : (visit link)
Address of Tower:
11 rue de l abbaye
Saintes, Nouvelle Aquitaine France
17100


Still Operational: yes

Relevant website?: [Web Link]

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Tours or visits allowed in tower?: Unknown

Number of bells in tower?: Not Listed

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