Local Heart, Global Soul

November 20, 2013

Nampcelles-la-Cour and Harcigny Tower Above Us…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This page of my last summer’s travel diary takes me to another stop on our tour of some of the amazing fortified churches in the Aisne and Picardy region of France.

Situated just below the Belgium border, centuries of conflict led to the local populous converting their otherwise unassuming churches into refuge strongholds, transforming them with towers and keeps into beautifully impressive fortified buildings.

We have just visited Bruelles and Hary and seen the fortified churches there, and now we are headed to the nearby village of Nampcelles-la-Cour, and after that to Harcigny a short distance away.

Our visiting Singaporean friend “Velveteen” is a fellow history, photography and church visiting fanatic, so she and I are having fun checking out these amazing buildings. I was a little disappointed to not find more information available about these churches; clearly so much more could be done to put these beautiful buildings more into the public view, both for historical learning and to promote the region more.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

And then on to Harcigny…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Welcomed by a flock of birds…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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