Romanesque art shines in Terres de Corrèze
Sober lines, barrel vaults, semi-circular arches and sculptures are the essential hallmarks of Romanesque art, which spanned the 11th and 12th centuries.
In the Terres de Corrèze region, many churches were built during this period. Over the centuries, some of them have become essential witnesses to the Romanesque period, reflecting the skills of the builders of the Middle Ages.
Romanesque art is divided into regional schools, and in Corrèze it is known as Limousin Romanesque art.
In general, Romanesque buildings are sober and in the shape of a Latin cross with a transept. Inside, the nave is often flanked by narrow aisles, with barrel vaults, round arches and cylindrical columns. The choir is sometimes surrounded by an ambulatory that leads to the apses.
On the The Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de CompostelaThe abbey church of Saint-Pierre d'Uzerche has an ambulatory and a rare example of a Limousin bell tower, also known as a "gâble" bell tower, once a landmark for pilgrims.
In the 12th century, sculpture became the main vehicle for conveying the religious message that had been conveyed by painted decoration in the previous century. The churches of Vigeois and Lubersac contain a remarkable series of historiated capitals of great iconographic interest.