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Church Our Lady 13th century

The Bell tower Twisted

It is the delicate problem which put twisted bell towers. " This arrow strictly vertical has a so regular and harmonious movement as it is difficult to think whether it is an effect of the fate or the result of a fault there. So, the French carpenters, in agreement with people of the country and the builder of the parish, always claimed that the twisting of this bell tower is a voluntary masterpiece.
On the other hand, an architect of Ancient memorials wanted to clear up by precise statements, the enigma of it curious monument. He{*it*} was engaged{*surrendered*} in an attentive exam of the inside of the skeleton and discovered that the twisting of the set{*group*} results only from a movement of twisted of the awl, which is a strong vertical wooden detail{*room*}, placed like a skittle in the middle of the skeleton. The twisting of this chief detail{*room*} pulled{*entailed*} matters of minor importance and led{*drove*}, by deformations spread out over several centuries (the church dates the end of the XIIth) and by numerous successive reorganizations of the coverage, in the shape of this current bell tower.
In the XVth century a consequentive prior, André de Rély, brother of the confessor of Charles VIII began important works of increase: he made do new fortifications, made build a new hall, made fit out the church. But probably for political motives, he was brutally murdered by the Brothers Huttin of châtillon. His successors continued his work, especially the prior Jacques of Brugge; they enclosed completely the city and ended in 1519 the unfinished wing of the church. The door Saint Jacques was for a long time one of the most beautiful monuments of the region.

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