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The church of Sainte Eulalie de Mérida (Cruzy)

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The church was rebuilt in the Roman period and extensively reworked and fortified during the 15th and 16th centuries. The gothic building, which is characteristic of the gothique méridional or Southern Gothic style, has nevertheless preserved some remains of the Roman church which had three naves and a small transept. This fortified church is one of the region’s few rural sacred places to have preserved remains of the old stained-glass windows.

In the Middle Ages, the parish of Cruzy was dependent on the diocese of Narbonne, and its church, which is dedicated to Saint Eulalia of Mérida, comes under the responsibility of the chapter of the cathedral of Saint-Just. This certainly explains the building’s scale and architectural quality, and the presence of graphic stained-glass windows and valuable antique furnishings such as a 14th-century polychromatic stone Madonna and Child, a 16th-century stone Pensive Christ and an 18th-century wrought-iron lectern.

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In the Middle Ages, the parish of Cruzy was dependent on the diocese of Narbonne, and its church, which is dedicated to Saint Eulalia of Mérida, comes under the responsibility of the chapter of the cathedral of Saint-Just. This certainly explains the building’s scale and architectural quality, and the presence of graphic stained-glass windows and valuable antique furnishings such as a 14th-century polychromatic stone Madonna and Child, a 16th-century stone Pensive Christ and an 18th-century wrought-iron lectern.

 

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