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(canton of Bretteville-sur-Laize, Calvados)

Church of Saint-Germain

    The church of Saint-Germain in Cintheaux, built on an old Roman road from Vieux to Jort, constitutes a very cohesive monument built all at one time in the mid-12th century. Despite later alterations (the tower re-worked at the end of the 17th century, and some fairly heavy-handed restoration at the end of the 19th century) the church retains some remarkable features in common with the small rural churches of the plain of Caen.
A continuous decoration runs throughout the nave and choir with flat chevet consisting of blind arches with geometrical motifs. Two portals which are now sealed gave symmetrical access to the north and south walls of the nave.


- Caumont, Arcisse (de). - Statistique monumentale du Calvados, Hardel, Caen, 1859, p 546 à 550
- Musset, Lucien. - Dictionnaire des églises de France, Robert Laffont, IVb, 1968, p.45
- Musset, Lucien. - Normandie Romane,. Zodiaque, La Pierre-Qui-Vire, 1987, T.1, p 31
- Les siècles romans en Basse-Normandie, Art de Basse-Normandie, n° 92, Printemps 1985, p. 108-109