Saturday, 25 April 2015

A trip to the Berry (part 2)

My homework list for the Berry region contained the following place names:
Déols, Ardentes, Châtillon-sur-Indre, Neuvy-Pailloux, Neuvy-St-Sepulcre, Saint-Gaultier, Saint-Genou.

A quick look on the map and the calendar (to check the time available) showed that we certainly would skip Châtillon-sur-Indre; that was just a trifle too far away from where we stayed. We had chosen Bourges for a day out with the three of us, and the other churches we might be able to fit in during the time my son was occupying himself. Because we did not have a Michelin Green Guide for this area, we purchased one and found some more interesting things to visit in the area. Below a very concise summary, including a link to the appropriate Picasa album.

Lanterne des Morts - Saint-Genou
Déols : an interesting part of an abbey church, with some remnants of the abbey buildings surrounding it.
Saint-Genou : an interesting church, inside as well as outside. On the edge of the town we found a Lanterne des Morts, a sort of beacon possibly in memory of the dead. There are more in this area; the origin and purpose of these structures is rather obscure. Most of them have been built in the 12th century and are mainly concentrated in the area which formed the Duchy of Aquitaine in the 10th century.

Apse - Neuvy-Pailloux
Ardentes : the church there was locked, but when we came back a few days later, we obtained the key without any problems from the town hall. Interesting church.
Neuvy-Pailloux : most of the church had been demolished. The apse however has an interesting ceiling painting.
Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre : the first rotunda church I have seen in France. The church was built based on instructions of Eudes de Déols, who had seen the Saint-Sépulchre church in Jerualem.

Rotunda - Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre
Because the example was a round church, the “old” rectangular building was partially demolished. However, when new pilgrims arrived from the holy land, they had seen that the church in Jerusalem had a rectangular part as well. That was the reason why demolition of the old rectangular church was stopped.
Saint-Gaultier : interesting church, with nicely decorated chevet.

Chevet - Saint-Gaultier
For the churches not on my homework list, see the next blog.

The link to the website of La Tuilerie de Chazelle can be found here.

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