Photographer's Note

Corme-Royal is a French commune in the Charente-Maritime département, Poitou-Charente region. With a population of just over 1500, it lies 15 kilometres to the west of the town of Saintes. It was known as "Corme-la-Forêt" during the Revolution.

The church at Corme-Royal is dedicated to Saint Nazaire. Dating from the 12th century and Romanesque in appearance, it was original the abbey church of a Benedictine priory, which depended on the Abbey of Notre-Dame in Saintes. It was partly fortified in the 15th century.

I present today a picture of the main façade of the church with its fantastic and beautiful carvings. This wonderful example of late 12th century Romanesque art is the principal reason that this church is considered by some to be one of the pearls of Saintonge Romanesque architecture.

For those who wish to know more and can understand French, this is a link to a French web site that has a detailed article about the church and the façade in particular.

Due to lack of room in front of the church, this picture is a stitch of two images.

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