Inside the Church of St Salomon at La Martyre

The door opens to a rich collection of wall paintings, carvings, vaulted ceiling, 16C stained glass windows, statues, and a Glory Beam – this is a place for lingering, preferably alone.

The Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

The Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

The Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

The Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

King and then Saint, Salomon stands beside the High Altar with a sword stuck in his side looking very regal – but the message is clear!

The vaulted ceiling is simple, but the carvings on the string beams and crossing beams emanating from dragon’s heads are wonderfully descriptive of everyday life in the 16C.

The Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

The Baptistry of 1635 was made by Jean le Moing and is inscribed “Yvo Nicolas and C. Maubian Fabriques have made this tabernacle by Mr. Re Jean Moing in lan 1635” (in translation).

The wall paintings are not very clear anymore but there is a good discussion in this blogsite of what they might be depicting.

Wall paintings in the Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

The wall paintings in the church of St Salomon, La Martyre

Wall paintings in the Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

Wall paintings in the Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

But above all it is the sadness and simplicity of the so-called Glory Beam which holds my attention in this building.

The Glory Beam in the Church of St Salomon, La Martyre

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