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A view of the church of Saint-Romain in the village of Saint-Romain-de-Benet.

The quite unusual aspect of the building is the result of several periods of reconstruction, which were spread out over nearly eight centuries. The first stone was laid in the twelfth century, it was subsequently seriously damaged by a fire which occurred at the end of the Middle Ages.

Rebuilt at minimum cost, the monument is not far from collapsing on the faithful when it is decided in the seventeenth century to rehabilitate it. Ransacked during the Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century, the church remains under construction for a large part of the nineteenth century. The construction of the Romanesque bell tower over the choir took place in 1830. The façade, also imitating the Romanesque style was actually built in 1883.

The cupolas constructed in cement were added in 1901. Left bare, they give the church a vague Eastern allure.

Saint-Romain-de-Benet is a commune in south-western France located in the department of Charente-Maritime, region of Poitou-Charentes. Its inhabitants (1639 in 2011) are called the Saint-Rominois and Saint- Rominoises.

The village located equidistant from the towns of Saintes and Royan has become even more peaceful in recent years following the construction of a new bypass. At the time I visited on a Sunday afternoon, only two girls playing on skateboards were to be seen.

(Extracted and freely translated from an article on French Wikipedea)

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