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part of the walk that leads you through Melle, a 6 km (3.7 mi) walk known as the ‘Arboretum, Chemin de la Découverte’. This walk passes more than 1000 species of trees and shrubs from the temperate areas of the world, and a collection of over 100 roses.
The church of Saint-Hilaire is the most beautiful of the three Melle churches, all of which merit a visit. Saint-Hilaire has an “ecclesiastical juke-box” which plays hymns and chants. The church of Saint-Hilaire was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.
In the Middle Ages, Melle flourished as a town as can be seen from its surviving medieval houses and the three churches, built in the Romanesque style during the 11th and 12th centuries.
IT is amazing although not heavily adorned as many churches it is is immense the high vaulted ceilngs are literally touching the sky and the plaster work is so beautiful with so many filigree effects and many different gargoyles to add to it.
a little more of the route here
Stained Glass Reflections taken on a previous visit inside the church
Le Pont Bleu part of the Arboretum, Chemin de la Découverte’
Canon eos 400d sigma lens 214mm