Saturday, 27 July 2013

A two storey chapel

In this part of Burgundy there are quite a few chapels situated inside a castle or on the castle grounds. An earlier blog was dedicated to Sercy, and although Sercy has an interesting castle, it is no match for that of Berzé-le-Châtel, high towering over the surrounding landscape.
We had seen the château a long time ago, but neither of us remembered having seen the chapel that was mentioned on Le site sur l'Art Roman en Bourgogne. Reason enough to go back one day.

The chapel
Again this château is private property, and there are only a restricted number of spaces to be visited. Despite this the castle is worth the visit, if only for the explanations of how such a castle was operated, for the splendid views and for the beautiful gardens. This time (we had asked this implicitly) the chapel was open. It was originally a chapel with two storeys, but of the stair leading to the top floor only the bottom steps were still intact. And from what I could gather, the top part had been partially destroyed and filled with earth. Unless of course the top storey, under the merlons simply had been a very low room. Originally the lower chapel had no windows.

For those visiting this area, this castle is certainly a must, and besides, the Chapelle des Moines in Berzé-la-Ville with its beautiful frescos is nearby as well. Unfortunately, inside that chapel photographing is not allowed.

To get an impession of both Berzés, click here, here and here.

Practical information (courtesy of Eduard van Boxtel) :
Church Notre-Dame-de-la-Purification in Berzé-la-Ville, 11th century, 0*
Former chapel Saint-? (Chapelle des moines) in Berzé-la-Ville, 11th century, 5*
Former chapel Saint-Sébastien (castle chapel) in Berzé-le-Châtel, 10th century, 3*

For our own website, click here.

The chapel, interior

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Don't you have anything better to do???

As I did describe in a previous blog, I have been busy for quite a while composing an interactive map of department 71 (Saône-et-Loire), containing all romanesque buildings in this area.

Saône-et-loire (71)
In the mean time however I have extended my action radius to the other departments of Burgundy as well, and although not 100% ready, I now have maps available for the whole of Burgundy. It seemed logical to stick to the set-up of Eduard van Boxtel's website, and that is exactly what I did. And, as usual with these sort of chores, the final product differs quite a bit from the first set-up.

Côte-d'Or (21)
The status at this moment in time:
Saône-et-Loire (71) is ready. Everything that is found on van Boxtel's site can simply be found on this map. The left hand menu gives the place names in alphabetical order. By zooming in or out one can easily see whether there are any more buildings in the vicinity of the place name, and if yes, how interesting they are. For that purpose I used the rating system of van Boxtel. In order not to duplicate blogs I have incorporated the "Instructions for use" of the maps in my "Glossary of romanesque Archirtecture". The link here after gives direct access to the "Instructions for Use for Department 71" (these instructions are however also valid for the remaning departments))

Nièvre (58)
The link to the maps themselves is given below:

Interactive map Saône-et-Loire (71)

Interactive map Côte-d'Or (21)

Interactive map Nièvre (58)

Interactive map Yonne (89)

Yonne (89)
Côte d'Or (21), Nièvre (58) and Yonne (89) are now also completely ready.