Site/monument

Église Notre-Dame de la Roche Posay

The bell tower is the only preserved Romanesque part. Its location on a rocky outcrop explains its defensive elements.
With a Latin cross plan, dominated by an 11th century bell tower, the church was symbolically fortified in the 15th century during the Hundred Years War, as shown by the two towers with false battlements visible from the small square. The nave, vaulted on ribbed vaults, ends in a choir with a flat apse. In the north and south transepts, the altar of the church of Posay, built near the Casino and destroyed by fire at the end of the 19th century, and two altarpieces of the Cistercian abbey of La Merci Dieu, whose buildings are still visible 4 km from La Roche-Posay, towards Vicq-sur-Gartempe. From the ramparts of the small Abbé Brandt square, the remains of a mill bear witness to the town's activities in the Middle Ages.

Practical information

French, English

Visit

Conditions of visit: Free visit, Guided visit
Languages ​​spoken for the visit: French

Further information

Type of site/monument/small heritage: Church
Type of additional equipment: Site / monument, Guided tour of town, village
Facilities: Public restrooms
Activity: Temporary exhibitions
Address
Church of Our Lady of Roche Posay
Notre Dame Street
86270 LA ROCHE-POSAY