21420 Pernand-Vergelesses, France
Ancien Eglise in BurgundyWhether one is Catholic or not, or even religious or not, it's easy to appreciate the commitment and faith of the people who built the ancient churches found throughout Europe. This one, in the little village of Pernand-Vergelesses in Burgundy, dates from the 12th century. Other than the completely out-of-place modern clock that's been installed on the bell tower, it hasn't changed a lot, beyond the two naves added in the 18th century. The architecture includes small buttresses supporting the outer walls, harbingers of the flying buttresses used in the larger and more grand cathedrals built a couple of centuries later.
Inside, large stones in the aisle between two rows of pews bear inscriptions that have been severely worn over time, although some are legible.