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The church of Saint-Martial in the village of Saint-Martial-sur-Né largely dates from the 12th century but suffered greatly from wars in the Middle Ages, been rebuilt and modified several times. The original Romanesque church was expanded by the aisle on the south side that runs the whole length of the church and changed the symmetry of the west front gable.

Saint-Martial-sur-Né is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region in south-western France.

With a population of around 350, the village is located 25 kilometres to the north of the sous-prefecture town of Jonzac. The inhabitants are called Saint-Martialais. The altitude of the commune varies between 12 and 68 metres. The Né river flows near the village.

In 1789 the commune de Saint-Martial-de-Coculet absorbed that of Juillacq le Petit. On 23 November 1937, Saint-Martial-de-Coculet took the name of Saint-Martial-sur-Né. The word 'coculet' is derived from the Latin 'cocula' which translates as 'cluster of mines'.

More information about the church together with pictures of the interior can be found on the Charente-Maritime churches web site at this page: http://www.eglises-en-charente-maritime.fr/saint-martial-sur-le-ne%20eglise%20saint-martial.html The church was unfortunately locked at the time of my visit.

The picture is a stitch of four vertical images.

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