12 January 2019

The main portal of the Benet church

This is a series of photos of the front of the Église Sainte-Eulalie in the village of Benet in the Vendée département in France. It's just outside the town of Niort.

In putting the photos together, I've gone from the longest view to the closest, focusing on the incomplete statue on the right side of the church's main portal.

This Romanesque-style part of the church dates back to the 11th century, according to the Monumentum web site's page describing it.

The Monumentum site also shows a series of much older photos of the church.


Today I'm going to be cooking a glazed (or "lacquered") capon in the oven. It's a fattened chicken that weighs about 6½ lbs. (nearly 3 kg). The glaze/basting sauce will be made with honey, soy sauce, ginger, hot red pepper, vinegar, and sesame oil. With it we're going to have oven-roasted Brussels sprouts tossed in the same sauce.


  1. Looking at these ancient churches I always find myself wondering about the lives of the artisans who made them, their families and day to day lives, how they came by their ideas....It is a world so long ago and far away.......

  2. That is a very pretty church, and it's nice to see it cleaned and light instead of darkened with time.
    I wonder if the Benet name has any connection to the American writer Stephen Vincent Benet.

    1. I don't know if there's a connection, but I do see that Benet in Vendée seems to be the only town with that name in France.


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