St Martin’s church
Solidly positioned on a north-facing slope just before it becomes considerably steeper, St Martin’s church overlooks the medieval castle; next to it on the eastern side is the surprising grotto of St Anthony, which leans against it.
The building is listed, as is the ancient lime tree in the square, of
which the people of Crupet are very fond.
The oldest surviving parts of the church are the tower and a few traces of the Romanesque nave. The
slender yet sturdily-built tower is striking by virtue of its proportions and of its materials: limestone rubble
mixed with sandstone in the lower part contrast sharply with the golden tone of the belfry.
Most of the five original arrow slits set in the middle of the three outward-looking faces are now blocked
up. The ground plan of the Romanesque tower is a perfect square with sides measuring 5.70 m. It was originally one level lower than it is today, measuring around 12.50 m, and looked far stronger.
As you enter the porch, admire the gravestones of the lords of Crupet in the wall and the paving, also made
up of gravestones. It is perhaps a pity that they are gradually being worn out through being walked on,
but such has been their fate since the Middle Ages. In the graveyard behind the church, the oldest cross
dates from the 17th century.
The position of the monuments on the first level in the southern area clearly marks the former edge of