Photographer's Note

May 22, 2008
Pers 790205 79190
Deux-Sevres Poitou-Charentes
46.218 0.068 140 m

The Lantern of the Dead, "lanterne des morts", XIe XIIe centuries, 7 m height. classified with the historic buildings.

Behind and in front of the lantern, one finds respectively the Notre-Dame church and a tomb of 1781, and in the vicinity five medieval tombs of XIe XIIe centuries.

The lanterns of deaths were built mainly towards XIIe century. They are small hollow, openwork towers at the top, in which one lit a lamp in the evening intended to guide the hearts of the missings. One meets some in the departments Allier, of Charente, of the Charente-Maritime, of Corrèze, of the Creuse, of the Dordogne, of Indre, of the Loire, of the Lot, the Puy-de-Dôme, of Deux-Sevres, of the Vendée, of Vienne and Haute-Vienne.

With not confusing with the monumental crosses hosannières, located generally also in the cemeteries, frequent in Poitou, but having a full barrel and not receiving a lamp.

Pers is a french commune, located in the department of Deux-Sèvres of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 70 inhabitants, divided on 5 km ², that is to say 15 hab./km ².

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