Eglise Saint-Maixent de Niort

Built on the hillside, the Romanesque building belongs to the abbey of St-Maixent and belonged to the archpriest of Exoudun until the French Revolution.
Ravaged during the Wars of Religion, partially restored in the 7th century, it was enlarged at the end of the 800th century. following the increase in the number of Catholics in proportion to the decrease in the number of Protestants. The original vaults collapsed during the work, due to the incompetence of the contractor Fillon, according to the parish, accused of having stored materials on the roof to avoid the trouble and costs to go down and back up and to have removed the stones from the base of a pillar. From XNUMX to XNUMX tiles were removed from the rubble! Its single nave is now framed.
The statue in the bell tower, restored in 1857, represents Saint Maixent housed in a neo-Gothic canopy niche and treading the serpentine fairy Mélusine.


Rue du Sableau
79000 NIORT
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