This site was orginally the site of one of the first stone churches in Europe. When the lords here were attacked by the Vikings in the 9th and 10th centuries, they moved their fortress to this high rock. Over the centuries the church was covered with the fortifications. Today this nearly perfectly concerved romanesque facade is a true treasure of Talmont. None other has been so well preserved from the elements -- the thousand years of wind and rain that make most other facades of this age seem so worn.
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Date: 6/10/09 5:46 AM