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|A Romanesque Church in Aventicum
In the region of Lake Geneva, in the Swiss Canton of Vaux, the traveler can find the lovely city of Avenches, with its long and colourful past and splendid architectural heritage. Also all known by its ancient name, Aventicum, the city was once the capital of Roman Helvetia. The medieval town, built on a hill to the southeast of the older Roman settlement, offers the visitor numerous historical and cultural sites.
Just above Aventicum lies the village of Donatyre. Its Romanesque church (l'église romane de Donatyre) was constructed with stones taken from the Roman town wall. It has a lovely horseshoe shaped apse and an unusual construction featuring a “rampant arch” (one side’s support is higher than the other).
But the real surprise awaiting the occasional visitor to this little church is the mural featuring Jesus, framed by Matthew, Luke, John, and Mark the writers of the four New Testament gospels (in their usual symbolic representations). Below are the beautifully rendered figures of the twelve apostles.
The cover photo, by Cetta Kenney, captures that lovely mural.