Thursday Doors – Richly Wrought

I wasn’t sure if I actually had a door to share on Thursday Doors this week as I wanted to do something a little different and hoped to find something modern or colourful for a change. But, when I visited this astonishing church yesterday  I decided the door was far too wonderful to be ignored and it does at least satisfy the colourful part of my quest.   Possibly the oldest of all the churches I have featured up to now, this incredible building was apparently begun somewhere in the 11th century and modified when the bell tower fell down in the 15th century.  I have never seen so many beautiful carvings in my life and the wrought ironwork on the main door is just exquisite.  I spent well over an hour there just gawping at the craftsmanship and artistry on display and will certainly have to go back for another look.

So here for my contribution to Thursday Doors is the magnificent church of Saint Pierre in Chateauneuf sur Charente.  Thanks as always to Norm Frampton for hosting this ever inspiring challenge………………

St Pierre door detail_

St Pierre door & pillars

St Pierre door inside

 

St Pierre door carving detail_

St Pierre door carving detail 2

St Pierre door and pillars

St Pierre exterior

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

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48 Comments Add yours

  1. elifamily2 says:

    Absolutely beautiful! On a sad note, my heart is breaking for your country.

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    1. Thank you elifamily2 – I wondered what your second comment meant and turned on the news – so shocking, the world is so sad at the moment.

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      1. Sue says:

        I would love to see that place!

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      2. If you ever come over to this part of France I’ll take you on a photo tour of it Sue! 🙂

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      3. Sue says:

        Yay! I might just do that, would be great to meet you

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      4. You’re on! Let me know when you’re packing! 🙂

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      5. Sue says:

        I’ll let you know….

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  2. Beth says:

    The door is stunning, Jane! Just saw the news and will be keeping current – there are no words. I’ve always been impressed with the French Police and trust that they’ll handle this horrible situation with skill.

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    1. Thank you so much Beth – I can’t believe what has happened tonight in Paris, the world has truly gone mad. I think of the times in which the church in my post was constructed and I feel at moments like this that civilisation has not advanced very far after all.

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  3. Oh my goodness!! That wrought iron is just gorgeous. And the stonework too! Really beautiful – glad you shared! I had a church door this week as well, coincidentally!

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    1. Thank you Deb, so pleased you like it , I shall make sure I drop by to have a look at your church door too!

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  4. VocareMentor says:

    Such beautiful doors and such a beautiful church. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you VocareMentor! Really pleased you like them, it is an incredible building and work of art!

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  5. facetfully says:

    Beautiful and you tell us the whole story…every part of it! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! It is such a beautiful place facetfully and I took so many photos, it was hard to share only these few!!

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  6. svtakeiteasy says:

    A red door for a church… so unexpected, and the wrought iron is so intricate! Very beautiful.

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    1. Hello Chris, it is a sort of very rich deep salmon or maybe slightly pinky red, most unusual indeed and so hard to capture just how beautiful it is! I would love to have a glimpse into the past to see the amazing artists who created it all! 🙂

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  7. west517 says:

    you. are. amazing!!!

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    1. Thank. you. west! This church is just so beautiful, it is hard to to really capture it and quite breathtaking to see the craftsmanship and wonder who the people might have been who created it all those centuries ago. Glad you liked it! 🙂

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      1. west517 says:

        I think its one of my favorite posts … but then I say that about all of yours! I wish we had places like this here…. but… not even close! Simply beautiful! 🙂

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      2. I just find it incredible to think that hands were carving and shaping this building almost 1000 years ago! It puts life into perspective that’s for sure! Thanks for the kind comments as always west! 🐻 🙂

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  8. Oooo possibly the most beautiful door images I’ve ever seen. ❤

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    1. Thankyou Manja! I really appreciate that!

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  9. Love the inside out shot!!!

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    1. Thank you Herbert – I always think it’s a good idea to remember that doors can lead out as well as in! 😀

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  10. They are exquisite doors, Jane, and the carvings are ‘divine’.

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    1. Thank you Jean, it is a real monument to the beauty man is capable of, in stark contrast to last night’s events here in France.

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  11. Norm 2.0 says:

    The depth of detail and craftsmanship on this one is just stunning. The ironwork, the carvings…just wow. Thanks for sharing this beauty 🙂

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    1. So glad you like it Norm and hope you don’t mind that I keep doing my Thursday Doors on a Friday?! 😦 🙂

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      1. Norm 2.0 says:

        No mind at all – whatever works best for you. Besides, they’re always worth the wait 😉

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      2. Haha – you are too kind Norm – thank heavens! 😉

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    1. Many thanks Douglas – much appreciated!

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      1. moorezart says:

        Just love all that you do!

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      2. You really are very kind Mr Moore ! 🙂

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      3. moorezart says:

        LOL or perhaps just a honest fella!

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  12. Jane, that first photo stopped me in my tracks and I simply enjoyed the beauty and intricacy before moving on. All the superlatives I’d thought of using appear to have already been applied, so I’ll let that be my tribute.

    janet

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    1. Thank you so much Janet! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, it is a very special building indeed!

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    1. C’est une très belle collection maltaises Mélanie! 🙂

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