Collonges-la-Rouge

FRANCE LIMOUSIN CORREZZE Tours et clochers de Collonges-la-rougeThere is a reason why tiny Collonges-la-Rouge has red in its name- the entire village is decked out in this colour as it has uniformly used red stones in the construction of every local building. This bewitching village has a picture perfect arrangement of reddish brown buildings, topped off with conical slate turrets.

Collonges-la-Rouge used to be an important stopover on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, as the village housed the old Romanesque
Église Saint-Pierre that acted as a pilgrim resting place. This 11th-15th century church stands on an 8th century Benedictine priory, and was later fortified in the 16th century. Some defensive remnants can still be seen in its square donjon connected to the wall walk.




 


FRANCE LIMOUSIN CORREZZE Collonges-la-rouge Collonges la Rouge église St Pierre

Its standout feature is its contrasting architectural detail below the portal arch (tympanum) made of Turenne limestone, and probably sculpured at the Toulouse School. It consists of split scenes; the top with Christ amongst angels, and the bottom with the Virgin with the twelve apostles. The church has a 12th century church tower with two levels, a square plane with windows in the middle of the arch, and an octagonal plane surrounded by gables.


 


 


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COLLONGES-LA-ROUGE:   1. Tourism Office  2. Église Saint-Pierre