Berlise Église Saint-Martin

What you need to know about this church

Église Saint-Martin Berlise

Where to find this church

Church Information

Église Saint-Martin is located in Berlise, a small village with 105 inhabitants about 8 km south-east of Montcornet in the Département Aisne in the région Hauts-de-France.

The church is locked

Berlise Église Saint-Martin
Church from the north

Visiting Église Saint-Martin

Coming from Rozoy-sur-Serre, the church of Saint-Martin de Berlise with its characteristic silhouette – the choir is higher than the nave – can be seen from afar, towering over the village, surrounded by fields and paths. It was built between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century on the highest point of the village, so that the besieged could see the danger from afar.

The building materials alternate between white stone and red brick, but in an unusual way, as the foundations appear to be made of brick.

Is Saint-Martin really a fortified church? The relevant literature unanimously categorises it as such. But you have to look very closely to find traces, such as some embrasures. However, a sacristy seems to have been added to the south wall of the chancel not too long ago; thus the “rounded construction, which is apparently the base of an old turret at the intersection of the southern crossing line of the nave” mentioned by Meuret can no longer be seen.

Unfortunately, the church is locked and there is no information on where a key can be obtained. Inside there is probably a Romanesque baptismal font and the bell is from 1686.

Berlise Église Saint-Martin
Church from the south