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Chapel of St Michael: Romanesque Relief

Romanesque carving in the Chapel of St Michael from the early 11th century. This is said to be one of the earliest examples of Romanesque art. In addition to plants and flowers, there are two figurative carvings: the head of a full-cheeked man with a spiky hairdo who seems to be speaking; and a man holding some kind of tool (an axe?) in his left hand while giving a blessing with his right.

Photo © Holly Hayes.