The church porch of Ry
Saint Sulpice's Church in Ry has been altered several times between the 12th and 19th century. These continuous improvements testify to the importance of the market town that had no less than 600 inhabitants in the 13th century. The most remarkable development is undoubtedly the 16th century carved oak porch, inspired by the Italian Renaissance and now listed a Historic Monument. It is richly decorated with biblical figures, plant motifs, imaginary animals and war carvings. It is coveredwith a vault resembling an inverted ship hull, which is a typical Norman feature.
Remarkably well preserved, this porch is one of the most highly and delicately decorated in the region, and maybe even in France. Beyond its primary role of shelter, this porch is also a remarkable work of art whose carvings provide a testimony to the social, military and religious history of the Renaissance.