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A view of the interior of the church Saint-Hilaire at Melle, which attempts to give a flavour for the immenseness of the nave. Taken at the top of the steps at the west doorway.

The design of the church is characteristic of many large pilgrimage churches found on the various routes across France towards Santiago Di Compostella in Northern Spain. The intention was to ensure easy access of the large numbers of pilgrims and faithful to the altars (and thus to the relics).

The technique of the Gothic arch makes its appearance in the central nave and the sides in work carried out during 12th century. The nave consists of six spans separated by quadrilobate columns. The most westerly span is heightened to compensate for the slope of the original ground.

The picture is a vertical stitch of four photographs.

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