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CHURCH OF SAINT JEAN-BAPTISTE DE SERE

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The church of Sère dates back to the XNUMXth century: it is classified as a historical monument. Its Romanesque style is pure and sober. The sanctuary which was once the seat of an archpriest is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
Outside, three apses stand out clearly as well as a cornice which, supported by corbels, runs to the bottom of the roof. As in most villages in the Valley, the church has a wall-tower, which overlooks an imposing porch with three arches. Under this one, one enters the sanctuary by a majestic and worked portal: it presents in particular a tympanum, on which is carved a chrism surrounded by symbolic animals.
The interior of the church is divided into three high naves, two lateral ones separated from the middle one by wide arches which rest on powerful cruciform pillars. The paving, undoubtedly original, is in shale. The vaults are supported by curved transverse arches. Finally, each nave ends with a raised choir whose bottom is occupied by altarpieces of great interest.
The high altar has a baroque style altarpiece which is from the beginning of the 1670th century. It is attributed to the sculptor Jean BRUNELLO (born around 1742 + 1988) and his workshop. The altarpiece stands on three levels and impresses with its wooden sculptures, gilded with leaf. The central panel reconstructs the scene of the baptism of Christ on the banks of the Jordan, a scene surrounded by several figures placed in niches made up of twisted columns and surmounted by architraves or cornices: the whole is enriched with various decorations, such as garlands, cherubs , foliage, flower paintings, foliage or others. The church also has, in its two apsidioles, side altarpieces. One original shows the Holy Family strolling in the clouds, the other, in a modified structure, a Virgin and Child reminiscent of Italian Madonnas. These two side altarpieces are from the same period, the same style and probably from the same workshop as the high altar. It should be noted that this altarpiece and that of the Holy Family were restored respectively in 1992 and XNUMX, under the supervision of the Historic Monuments Department.

The church is open daily in July/August, on request the rest of the year.

Sources: Seven Valleys Research Society - Mr. Henri LAFFONT

  • Theme(s):

    Church, Sacred art

Pratical information

Groups welcome
  • Car parking capacity 10
  • Free visit on request not

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  • Free Accès libre free

Contact & access

Deth Trey Cami
65120 ESQUIEZE-SERE