Église Saint-Nazaire

Historic site and monument at Saint-Nazaire-sur-Charente

  • Saint-Nazaire was always the most vast and the most populated parish of the seigneury of Soubise. This is explained by the fact that there were many Protestants in the surrounding municipalities of the seigneury of Soubise. We can also note the creation of a temple in St Nazaire in the 18th century.
    Destroyed several times and rebuilt at the end of the Hundred Years Wars and Religious Wars, this church has probably been rebuilt on several occasions, but its history is hardly known. However, it can be said that it certainly dates back to the end of the 15th century. The plan of the building is very simple: two naves of the same height are separated by a row of columns and it has very low ceilings. On the right nave, at height of the choir, stands a square bell tower with a low pyramidal roof, pierced on its 4 façades with coupled windows with trefoil patterns. At the end of the Middle Ages, a sacristy, up until then very rare in the rural churches was added to the building. The belfry on the facade is surmounted by a rooster shaped weathervane. Two entrance doors decorated with a small triangular pediment open on each of the naves.
    Preserved in its original place, the cemetery still adjoins the church. In the 20th century, the parish priest of Saint Nazaire also served the church of Soubise.
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  • All year 2021
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