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motorway aires: 6

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Lozay, A10
Romanesque masonry

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Motorway aires are designed to provide a suitable environment for relaxing, refreshing and recovering during the long, hard journeys. As well as facilities of often dubious nature, picnic tables and seats, a telephone kiosk, there are often optional extras such as a play area or a display related to some local interest or event.

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Lozay aire, A10

Lozay is a large but neat aire with lavender-surrounded parking slots which sweep past an impressive, high, ‘stone’ portal - a reproduction of the facade of the Romanesque church at Echebrune (about 11 km east of exit 36 - third exit going south from this aire).

Reproduction Romanesque facade at Lozay aire, A10

Spied beyond the doorway in the facade, is another Romanesque doorway, and .... statues in amongst the tidy paths and greenery.

Once through the archway, there awaits an ordered garden, punctuated by diverse masonry; but note that this permanent exhibition closes at 19.00/7pm.

An introductory plaque describes this region’s medieval development:

This plaque’s text translated from French:

“Men of the Romanesque era were aware of living in a real renaissance” (Marcel Durliat). This renewal affected all the areas of civilisation: the economy, art, technology, language...

From the eleventh century, Europe’s population and economy grew in step. The feudal hierarchy favoured both the development of regional identities and royal power.

A common faith united the Western world, the Church collected disparate ways under its spiritual and material authority.

Descriptive panel with maps at Lozay motorway aire, A10

One of the many information plaques displayed near each exhibit.

The great monastic orders had primary importance. The monk, by his prayers and his life of renunciation, celebrated God. Aesthetics and grace had a predominant place in this liturgy. By its beauty, the liturgy could evoke the angels making similar celebrations in heaven.

The monastries became spritual and temporal centres. They had an economic role, giving out charity and medical care. The monasteries were also cultural centres with libraries and teaching premises.

This communal awareness and shared moral values showed themselves in large economic and social changes. The crusades, land clearance, organisation of towns and feudalism were expressions of these changes.

[There is a partial translatrion into English provided, together with translations into Spanish and German.]


the Romanesque statuary

Thence enter into the garden proper with wooden broadwalk paths flanked by plantings and an array of concrete reproductions taken from religious buildings in the region.

Capital showing cuckolded husband, his wife and her lover, Lozay aire, A10

From top left, clockwise: 12th century woman in then current fashion; capital and part of a pillar shaft; segments of carved arches; decorated capital showing a fisherman; various pillar capitals with an information plaque; capital showing cuckolded husband, his wife and her lover.

The exhibition area also offers a bank of leaflets for suggested tours around Romanesque buildings in Poitou (Poitiers and surrounding region). The leaflets are mostly in French, but include useful maps.

sketch map locating lozay aire

Lozay aire is only accessible when going from the direction of Poitiers, to the north, and travelling south towards Saintes and Bordeaux.

Lozay aire is in Département 17 - Charente-Maritime.

See also
cathedrals – introduction: reading stained glass
cathedrals 2: Dax and church iconography

end notes

  1. aire: in this context, an area —
    aire de loisirs: recreation area;
    aire de pique-nique: picnic area;
    aire de repos: rest area;
    aire de services: services , motorway (GB) or freeway (US) service station.

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on first arriving in France - driving motorway aires, introduction
travelling by rail to and within France individual aires                                             
A75 autoroute from Clermont-Ferrand to Béziers and its aires Les Pyrénées, A64 Poey de Lascar, A64
A89 autoroute from Bordeaux to Clermont-Ferrand and beyond - aires Pic du Midi, A64
Hastingues, A64
Dunes, A62
Mas d’Agenais, A62
A7 - aires on the busy A7 autoroute from Lyons to Marseille Pech Loubat, A61
Port-Lauragais, A61
Mas d’Agenais, A62
Garonne, A62
A9- aires on the motorway to Spain Ayguesvives, A61
Renneville, A61
Catalan village, A9
Tavel, A9
A62 - aires on the autoroute of two seas three aires on the canal du midi, A61 Lozay, A10
Poitou-Charente, A10
A65 : the autoroute de Gascogne, from Langon to Pau Carcassonne, A61 Les Bréguières, A8
A64 and A61 - aires on the other autoroute of two seas  
A83 motorway in Poitou-Charentes - aires A63: the French Wild West, Bordeaux to the Spanish border - formerly the N10
A837 motorway in Poitou-Charentes - aires A20 - aires on the Occitane autoroute, from Brive to Montauban
A42 and A40 motorways - aires from Lyon to Switzerland and Italy A87 motorway and its aires in Poitou-Charentes

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