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The parish church of Saint-Christophe, Léoville, in the diocese of the bishop of Saintes, is located in the centre of village, surrounded by a grassy esplanade that was the former cemetery. The main part of the building consisting of single nave was constructed in the second half of the twelfth century. It was 8 metres wide by 32 metres long, with a west front featuring blind arches and a flat chevet. In the thirteenth century, the western portal was rebuilt in the style of the day and the nave received its first rib vaults.

In the fifteenth century, a Gothic bell and enclosed porch was built in front of the nave. This is flanked by two chapels constructed in front of the Romanesque façade, lengthening the church some five meters. Around the gateway, an almost illegible inscription says in French: "The French recognize the existence of a supreme being and the immortality of the soul."

The above information about the church is extracted and freely translated from an article on the Churches in Charente-Maritime web site. French speakers who wish to read the full article can do so by clicking here.

Léoville is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region in south-western France. The village lies some 12 kilometres south-east of the sous-prefecture town of Jonzac at an altitude of 40 metres,

The village lies on the left bank of the Lariat, tributary of the Seugne. In 2006, the estimated population of the commune was 309. Its inhabitants are known as "Léovillois". In the 19th century, it was noted for the production of clogs and walnut oil.

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