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Church of Saint-Remacle

Historic site and monument ,  Heritage buildings ,  Religious building in Ocquier

  • Discovering Saint-Remacle church is a bit like taking a step back in time to the Middle Ages and its spirituality. It is said to be the thousand-year-old building, even if the current nave, built on former sanctuaries, actually dates back to the 12th century.

    The visitor is struck, from the outside, by the proportions of the church, characteristic of the early Romanesque period, with its massive bell tower, small windows and masonry punctuated by fine pilasters. Just under the roof, a border...

    Discovering Saint-Remacle church is a bit like taking a step back in time to the Middle Ages and its spirituality. It is said to be the thousand-year-old building, even if the current nave, built on former sanctuaries, actually dates back to the 12th century.

    The visitor is struck, from the outside, by the proportions of the church, characteristic of the early Romanesque period, with its massive bell tower, small windows and masonry punctuated by fine pilasters. Just under the roof, a border of small adjoining arches creates a harmonious play of shadows, in the Lombardy style.

    As in the past, the interior walls were coated with white, so that the sun's rays would reflect their light. Painted motifs were to decorate the surface, such as those still visible at height (more recent). The flat wooden ceiling and columns date from the 16th century, as do the Christ on the Cross and the baptismal font.

    The choir of the church, a little stocky in its simplicity, was only pierced with large bays in the 18th century. Its ochre-coated niches with irregular contours give it a particular atmosphere.

    The building has a beautiful acoustics. It regularly hosts concerts.

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