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July 14th, 2009
Montmorillon 860165 86500
Vienne Poitou-Charentes
46.426 0.871 90 m

The Notre-Dame church, of the 12th 14th centuries.

One sight.
Other sight.

Built on a rock headland, on left bank of Gartempe, the church listed in 1093, is built on a crypt which shelters a mural fresco of the 12th century.
The fresco reports the crowning of Catherine of Alexandria, born towards 290 in Egypt, martyrized into 307, celebrated on November 25th, at the origin of the celebration of the young girls to be married of more than 25 years, the catherinettes.

The church became collegial in 1228, following the establishment of 14 canons.
There too, the One hundred year old war with 14th and 15th century, the wars of religion at the 16th century damaged the church which was restored at the 19th century, and classified historic building in 1862.

One can see in Montmorillon, The Pont Vieux, the old bridge, gothic bridge of the 15th 16th centuries which crosses Gartempe river, and the Saint-Laurent chapel of the 12th century, like l'Octogone, chapel of cemetery of the 12th century presenting of old paintings on the veins of the vault.

These three monuments belong to the Valley of the Frescos, "La Valle des Fresques.

The VALLEY of GARTEMPE RIVER concentrates from Saulg to Saint-Savin, in Vienna, several builbings decorated with frescos of the 11th to 19th centuries, and is called for that, the FRESCOS VALLEY.

Gartempe is a river of Poitou and of the Limousin, which takes its source close to the village of Ptillat, the commune of Peyrabout in the department of Creuse, and is thrown in the Creuse river close of "la Roche-Posay" in the department of Vienne, after a way of almost 200 kilometers. It crosses remarkable canyons in granitic landscapes, downstream from "Les Portes de l'Enfer", "The Hell Doors to Lathus in Vienne.

Montmorillon is a french commune, located in the department of Vienne of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 6898 Montmorillonnais in 1999, divided on 57 km, that is to say 121 hab./km.

Of medieval origin, Montmorillon proposes to the visitors a broad inheritance, made of houses, private mansions, chapels, churches etc

The novelist Rgine Deforges in is originating. She took part in the creation of the biennial living room of the book of Montmorillon. She is also at the origin of the idea of the City of the Writing and the trades of the book, unique in France, following the example of other foreign cities.

Rgine Deforges, French writer born on August 15th, 1935 in Montmorillon, adopts a very free tone, to defend the women's right to only assume itself, including in their sexuality.

She published in 1981 "La Bicyclette Bleue", "The Blue Bicycle", first volume of a trilogy which also understands 101 avenue Henri Martin and "le diable en rit encore".
She republished under the title Irene, Le Con d'Irne, erotic novel of Louis Aragon clandestinely published in 1928. the book was seized for its erotic contents!

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