Thanks Chick and Offa!
A naif carving, possibly from an earlier church. The date is a little obscure: could be late 11th or early 12 century.
The Cloisters here are a reflection of those at St Trophime in Arles. The subject of this capital is rarely illustrated in sculpture. It shows the Holy Ghost issuing from the dove and spreading itself to the eleven disciples, Judas had committed suicide and St Paul had yet to have his revelation on the road to Damascus.
Near life-size 12th cent equestrian figure. Sometimes said to be Constantine the Great the first Christian emperor trampling upon his enemies/the pagan religions. There are others at Civray and at I forget where at the moment.
As the man says, this is unmistakebly Vaux-le-Vicomte and is mapped correctly.
Great composition Offa wonderful view greetings.
A monastic Church looking east. The map shows that the cloisters would have been on the south side and the roofed building probably contains the remains of the Dormitory. Assuming, of course, that the Chapter House was housed in the undercroft.
The eborate stonework round the arch is typical of the 12th cent Auvergnat style. The head is divided into three by cusps. In the central division is the usual agnus dei, to the right are four figures bringing gifts, and there are four more to the left. There appears to be no difference between the dress or attitude of the two groups. One would imagine that one would be the shepherds and the other ought to be the kings or magi which are usually numbered as three.
Round the church to the right in Rue Charlier is the greater part of a 12th cent frieze of Christ's Passion. It is difficult to photograph because of the height above ground and the narrowness of the street. We could not get into the church when we went so I cannot say that there is no other trace of the earlier church. However, one suspects that it was of approximately the same size as its 18th cent replacement.