“Rosa II”, Church of Saverne (Alsace), 2012.

As for a lot of small church of village, the history of the church Saint-Rémi of Singrist is a bit hard to bring together. It is explained by both a lack of documents and a lack of interest from university professors, who prefer to study prestigious buildings, letting those smaller ones to local history club, whose members are full of good will, but usually lack good methodology.

This picture shows an opening at the 2nd level of the tower of this church. I suppose this tower to be part of a movement of church construction in the area in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, as a lot of churches of the region, like Schwenheim, Zabern, Haegen or Reutenburg, show architectural similarities, inspired in my opinion from the Westwerk of the abbey-church of Marmoutier.

Towers are usually here built on the West side, serving as porch-tower, but we’ve here an interesting example of choir-tower, standing then on the East side. Such tower have rarely been preserved throughout age, in a lot of cases the nave have been rebuilt later on the opposite side and the tower converted in porch-tower. Here the choir-tower have been preserved in this use, despite a refection of the whole church in the 14th century, when the nave has been totally rebuilt.

There isn’t a lot more to say. Concerning this very picture, I liked how the opening in the opposite wall was visible through this one, creating a line of light in the darkness.

Tools and exifs:

  • Canon EOS 450D + Canon 18-55 IS
  • 55mm
  • 1/400 s.
  • f/6.3
  • ISO 400

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