Monday’s Travel Photos – “Wet” Champagne – Half-Timbered Churches

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Like most people, our only view of Champagne was Reims, Troyes, Epinay and vineyards but late one September, we were looking for somewhere to spend a long weekend and do some cycling before the cold weather set in. We found a gîte near Lac du Der and discovered, to our amazement, the existence of no fewer than eleven half-timber churches in the area, four of which we visited by bike and the rest by car. It was like a treasure hunt as we went from to the other and as you can see from the photos, it was an absolutely perfect day. Many of these churches used to exist in Normandy, but were bombed during the war. The ones in Champagne,mainly built in the 16th century, have been miraculously preserved.

Lentilles 1512

Lentilles 1512

Bailly le Franc 1510

Bailly le Franc 1510

Outines 1530

Outines 1530

Chatillon sur Broué early 16th century

Chatillon sur Broué early 16th century

Drosnay 14th to 18th century

Drosnay 14th to 18th century

Saint Léger sous Margerie 1492

Saint Léger sous Margerie 1492

Morembert 1530

Morembert 1530

Langlois 1483-1493

Langlois 1483-1493

Mathaux 1761

Mathaux 1761

Chapelle de Soulaine-Dhuys 1484-1504

Chapelle de Soulaine-Dhuys 1484-1504

Sainte-Marie-du-Lac-Nuisement 1479

Sainte-Marie-du-Lac-Nuisement 1479, which was dismantled when Lac du Der was built and reassembled in a regional museum

For interior views, see Monday’s Travel Photos – “Wet” Champagne – Half-Timbered Churches – Interiors 

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11 Responses to Monday’s Travel Photos – “Wet” Champagne – Half-Timbered Churches

  1. Lyn says:

    Wow, they are really beautiful.

  2. Susan Walter says:

    What a fantastic collection of churches! We’ve never been up in that region — suppose we should go — there’s currently a car up there that we want to look at, so maybe that will be the incentive 🙂

    Good to meet you yesterday and I hope we didn’t interfere too much with the works programme.

    • Fraussie says:

      They’re beautiful, aren’t they? Definitely worth the trip.

      Yes, we enjoyed meeting you yesterday too and you were a welcome diversion!

  3. Jane's cousin says:

    They’re fascinating. I don’t recall ever seeing any pictures or drawings of this kind of church architecture before. Thanks for sharing those pictures!

  4. Jane's cousin says:

    I wonder what the interiors are like and if they are still in use

    • Fraussie says:

      Yes, they are still in use. Next Monday, I’ll post photos of the inside, because we visited them all except the chapel because it was closed.

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  7. These churches are so unusual and very beautiful but they just don’t look like churches to me. I feel like they should be barns, it’s all wrong to see the half timbered look on a church! I thought I knew Champagne quite well too and I’d never heard of these either. Such a fabulous discovery, thanks for sharing them Rosemary.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      They are quite extraordinary, aren’t they? Normandy would be full of them, except for WW2.

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