The Church of Saint-Martin, Ryes

12th century

The church was under the patronage of the Abbot of Fécamp

Site history

The tower at the transept crossing and the great nave arcades are the only survivors of the Romanesque period. They date from the very early 12th century, as demonstrated by the sculpted decor on their arches and capitals. The arches are adorned with chevrons and crenellated frettes. They descend onto large monocylindric columns, via capitals sculpted on all four sides. These capitals are adorned with a variety of decorations including gadroons, palmettes, foliage, masks, animals (lion, wolf, marine monsters…) and figured scenes with ‘Daniel in the Lions’ Den’ and the ‘Three children in the Furnace’.

Pratical information

Eglise Saint-Martin de Ryes
14400 RYES

Site location

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