Eglise Saint-Martin

Religion ,  Church at Éguilly-sous-Bois

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  • Formerly parish of the diocese of Langres, the church of Éguilly-sous-Bois depended on the deanery of Bar-sur-Seine at the only collation of bishop. This building of the late twelfth and early thirteenth century, single nave of 4.70 m wide, is enlarged to the south by a large chapel of two bays, vaulted warheads. The Romanesque nave, abutted by large buttresses, ends with a flat chevet from the beginning of the Gothic period, pierced by a triplet, whose semicircular windows, strongly splayed, are garnished with modern stained glass windows. Two large buttresses shoulder the angles of the chevet and the chapel as an appetizer. In 1843, the west span was surmounted by a square bell tower open on all four sides. A very simple semicircular Romanesque door remains at the foot of the belfry; it is surmounted by an oculus. On the reverse side of the facade, above the door, there is a semicircular arch with a double arch that falls on two columns with capitals of slender foliage. The modern wooden vault of the nave replaced in the 19th century. the stone vaults in bad condition. It falls on cul-de-lamp shaped triangular buckets that belong to the mode of primitive vaulting and found in several buildings in the region, as Isle-Aumont or Bucey-en-Othe for example. The last bay of the nave and the entrance to the choir have received a particularly careful treatment; they are chanted by columns with foliage capitals, on which the original vaults rested. The side chapel opens wide on the nave by two broken arches without molding corresponding to each bay. This chapel, lower than the nave, is vaulted with robust ogives with broad flattened intrados framed by a jump, frequent in the region and whose rustic keys are carved, one of a mask, the other of a kind of widely open flower. They rest on consoles placed very low on the walls, which gives a squat appearance to this part of the building. The ogives of the choir rest on cul-de-lampe shaped cups, very close to those of the nave. On the side walls, consoles support two polychrome equestrian statues, one of St. Martin, the other of St. George slaying the dragon. A statue of the Trinity, in stone, is classified as movable objects. In 1998, the Safeguarding of French Art gave a grant of 50 000 F to the commune for the restoration of the stone vault of the southern chapel and the repair of its coatings.