Rue de l'Eglise 5
01 May - 15 October
Sat 10.00 - 18.00
Sun 10.00 - 18.00
Built in the 13th century, thanks to donations of dîmes from the lords of Brissey, the church was looted by the Swedes in 1635. From 1670, and until 1686, the inhabitants of Lemoncourt rebuilt the nave of their church. It was managed by two abbeys in Metz: Saint-Vincent and Sainte-Glossinde. The building houses many representations of the two saints.
The beauty of the church, which has a very sober exterior appearance, lies in its stone work: whether through its Romanesque architecture mixed with the premises of the Gothic ogive or through the remarkable sculptures of the tympanum and the nave.
The fortified tower to the left of the church is the bell tower. It was fortified after its construction, as evidenced by the archers drilled on either side of the tower. Its summit was restored in 1875.
As you walk around the church through the cemetery, you will find an oculus in the shape of a four-leaf clover. Its place is surprising since usually the oculus is located in front of the choir. The light that passes through it illuminates the Blessed Sacrament. Located at the back, since the restoration of the church in 1885, the oculus gives in the attic and therefore no longer has its primary use.
The church portal, made of ashlar, stands out from the rest of the plastered building. Above the door is a 13th century tympanum. It represents the coronation of the Virgin Mary. The scene is sculpted symmetrically. His characters seem to be timeless. In the centre, Christ (left) crowns his mother with his right hand. The two characters are extremely well sculpted, it is worth noting the delicacy of the faces and folds of the clothes, as well as the finesse of the veil that covers the Virgin's hair. Around them are two characters in an attitude of prayer: certainly Saint Glossinde and Saint Vincent, the two patron saints of the two abbeys that financed the construction of the church.
As you enter the church, you can admire the pointed vault of the nave. This type of vault is created with the arrival of the Gothic style, they allow to increase the height under the ceiling. The church shows the transition from the Romanesque style to the early Gothic. It is also a way to symbolize the elevation of prayer to God. It was partly rebuilt in the 17th century. The keystones contain some hidden scenery like these two subjects: an animal and a character, who observe you from above.
Between the first and second bays is a square capital with women's heads that seem to come out of the stone. The faces are almost all identical and resemble Gallo-Roman funeral sculptures. Surrounding these three female heads are two other heads: one male and one female. These faces are more individualized but we do not know who is exactly represented. Perhaps the same as the two prayers on the tympanum at the entrance to the church.
You may also notice column statues, however these characters are too damaged to be identified.
The square choir is separated from the nave by a double broken arch. The wall, pierced by three high Romanesque windows, brings light into the building. The keystone of the heart is decorated with roses to symbolize the Virgin. The altar was consecrated in 1977 by Bishop Paul-Joseph Schmitt. Made for the abbey of Oriocourt, the altar was given to the church of Lemoncourt last April. The base of the altar is composed of scenes representing the Old and New Testaments (on the front face below are depicted an episode of the exodus of the Hebrew people in the desert and a parable of the book of Ezekiel. In the upper register is the Crucifixion and the apparition of Christ to Mary Magdalene in the garden).