Sunday, 6 September 2015

Church on Sunday,Notre-Dame,Gargilessse.

Here is how George Sand described the 12th century Romanesque Church of Notre Dame in the pretty village of Gargilesse in the Berry region…

" It is a small masterpiece... It is perfectly style homogeneous to the outside and charming of proportions. Inside, the semicircular arch and the soft warhead marry agreeably. The details are of a taste and a rich simplicity. One goes down to a crypt by a beautiful staircase where the ravine and the torrent can be seen. "

Couldn’t have put it better myself!

Although, my first impression was of fairly simplistic,stark and damp building,lifting my head quickly changed this view.The numerous carved capitals and frescoes within the asp give you a taste of its former glory.

It was originally the chapel of the castle before becoming the parish church.

The passageway down to the vast crypt...

 which is richly decorated with fresco paintings from the 12th and 15th century. 

A painted wooden statue of the Virgin Mary on the alter was bought back from the crusades by a Lord of Gargilesse

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