House Jonzac (17)

$ 264,600
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  • Surface 50 m2
  • Rooms 2 
  • Land 1 907 m2

The “Sires-de-Pons” Museum and the “Voûte-des-Pèlerins” porchway between Saintes and Bordeaux in Pons.
Pons is a town with more than 4,000 inhabitants in the Charente-Maritime department, near to medium-sized towns such as Cognac and Saintes as well as the spa town of Jonzac. It is less than an hour from the Gironde coastline and Royan. The medieval town, with its 12th century keep, has a wealth of heritage and a very good tourist trade. On the outskirts of Pons, at the end of a suburb, the site is five minutes from the A10 motorway and an hour’s drive from Bordeaux.
A street, running north-south on the edge of the town, goes slowly up to this curious porchway which once communicated, on the west side, with the “Hôpital Neuf” (new hospital) and, on the east side, with the church, the walls of which are still standing. It was at the end of the 12th century, under the aegis of Geoffroy III, Lord of Pons, that the construction, including the “Hôpital Neuf”, was built, the town’s hospital no longer being sufficient. It is the plot spanning almost 2,000 m² of the old church which is currently available for purchase, with a 100 m², 2-storey building, currently housing a museum. The latter adjoins the wall of the church, behind the vault. This area can be reached either via the porchway, known as the “Voûte des pèlerins” (pilgrims’ vault) on the road side or at the rear via another passageway. Two wells, one of which is engaged in the wall, and the other, on the land to the east. Also, 21 m³ of stone is stored on one corner of the land. The church measured approx. 17x38 m, which indicates the importance of the old sanctuary.
The vaultThe route passes via a curious porchway, the two low arches of which, at the entrance and the exit, are topped with a half-moon-shaped oculus. This covered passageway was used by travellers as a shelter. On either side, flanked by low arcades, are two openings dating from the late 12th century. The Romanesque porchway is divided into three bays, two with broken barrel vaults and a central vaulted bay with cross-ribbing supported on sculpted bases. There is a lot of graffiti on the bodies of the little columns and the walls as well as on the canopy of heaven surrounding the cross of Christ. The building is classified as a French Historic Monument and is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage.The museumThis was the work of an enthusiast of the history of France and Pons who gathered historical archives from the Saintonge and Aunis provinces as well as collecting objects, an ossuary and miscellaneous medieval pieces. Two of the openings are adorned with stained glass bringing the medieval character and era to mind.

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    • Surface 50 m2
    • Rooms 2
    • Bedrooms N/A*
    • Land 1 907 m2
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