This commune covers an area of 11km² and has around 300 inhabitants who are known as ‘Feugeois’. It is located about 15km from Troyes. Reached via the D15 or the D677, it is 3 minutes from junction 22 (Charmont-sous-Barbuise) of the A26 between Calais and Troyes.
Feuges is in the middle of the expansive fields of the Plaine Champenoise, which means that agriculture is a major industry here. These wide open spaces are typical of the landscape north of the city of Troyes. Feuges is connected to the neighbouring communes of Charmont-sous-Barbuise and Vailly by the school group. The school at Charmont-sous-Barbuise is open to residents of Feuges, as is the multimedia library. Village events are organised by the festivities committee.
The church of Saint-Benoit dates from the 12th century. It is one of the oldest Romanesque churches in Aube to retain its original architecture, but it was restored in the 16th century and contains a 16th-century window of the adoration of the shepherds that is classified as an historic monument. The east end of the church (comprising the quire and apse) is square rather than rounded, showing the influence of rural architecture on sacred buildings in the countryside built during the 12th century.
The church has been listed as an historic monument since 1972 and houses a treasure of polychrome wooden sculpture. The enormous crucifix (1.82m x 1.74m) dates from the last quarter of the 16th century and has been classified as an historic monument since 1911. The richness and finesse of the detailing and the quality of the workmanship and carving – as well as its imposing dimensions – bring intensity to this work that matches Christ’s expression of restrained suffering.
With closed eyes and furrowed brows, crucifixes were intended to help believers to be compassionate and to pray. Now recognised as an important example of 16th-century Champenois sculpture, it was exhibited at the exhibition ‘Le Beau XVIe siècle: masterpieces of sculpture in Champagne’ which was held in 2009 at the church of Saint-Jean-au-Marché in Troyes.