Photographer's Note

July 23th, 2010
Melle 790174 79500
Deux-Sèvres Poitou-Charentes
46.223 -0.143 138 m

The Saint-Pierre church, Melle. 7 images.

One view. 2 images.
Other view.

The romanesque church Saint-Pierre of 12th century.

This church was built on the site of an oratory built at the 8th 9th century, mentioned into 950 in the cartulaire of the benedictine abbey of Saint-Maixent. As in the other churches of the romanesque triad of Melle, Saint-Savinien and Saint-Hilaire, the pilgrims of Saint-Jacques passed there. After being damaged during wars of religion and being closed down with the Revolution, it was restored as from 1855. Historic building since 1862.

Its semicircular apse is arched in bottom of furnace. A cupola on horns dominates the transept. The nave is shouldered by two collateral.

_ Melle has three interesting Romanesque churches, Saint-Hilaire, Saint-Pierre, and Saint-Savinien. Their construction is concentrated between the end of 11th century and the medium of 12th century, which offers in only one place a digest of the architectural evolution of this time. One calls this unit the "Romanesque triad of Melle".

Saint-Pierre de Melle.


MELLE is a French commune, located in the department of Deux-Sèvres of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 3851 Mellois in 1999, distributed out of 10 km², that is to say 397 hab./km².

During the Early Middle Ages, Melle was an active center of coining, thanks to the silver mines of kings Francs located under the city and at the neighborhoods, exploited from 6th to 10th century. Coining was active 768 to 1189. The monetary workshop formed in particular part of the ten workshops authorized to maintain to their activity by "Charles le Chauve". Two currencies were struck: the "denier" and the "obole".


My images of Melle.
My images of the Boutonne valley.

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