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motorway aires: 6

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motorway aires[1]
Lozay, A10
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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.


New translation, the Magna Carta


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

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