The church at Rivière, not content with having a very colourful interior, also had some interesting floor art.
Many of the stone slabs were carved or studded with nails to form images. Some slabs had Greek inscriptions, others in Latin. In the photo above you can just make out "Turris Fortis..." [strong or fortified tower] under a simple carving of a crenellated tower.
A 'doggy' looking oliphant with howdah
Towers, hearts, chalices and mitres are all images connected with the church. A strong fortress, for example was often a metaphor for staunch faith. However, there was also a slightly bemused looking eagle and, even better, a super little "oliphant" or elephant with a howdah on top, which was our absolute favourite.
Slightly round-eyed looking eagle
We're guessing they are 16th or 17th century, mostly based upon the representation of the elephant. However, we have found no information whatsoever; barring one brief comment that Rivière was a small river port and sailors used to use the church and that they carved the slabs. It would be lovely to find out more.