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Monument du Mois – L’église Saint Roch

 

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Last Sunday our local church was the subject of a guided tour as a “Monument du Mois”. In particular it involved a detailed look at the 15th century frescos in the separate chapel. The  12th century church has an interesting history being originally the private church for the adjacent castle.

 

 

 

The church has recently been restored and is now looking in a better state of repair than before.

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The main surviving fresco – in a separate side chapel –  is much damaged. The Virgin Mary shelters, with a huge cloak, clerics on the left and local nobles on the right.

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The exterior is also interesting with parts of the church being fortified.

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The church was part of the castle complex. This was sold off after the revolution, into apartments, farms and barns, as seen below.

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Not a lot happens in our village. The population is only 47, theres no bar or boulangerie or shop. But we do have an excellent garage at the bottom of the hill leading up to our hamlet.

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The main event usually is a get together at Christmas for champagne and cake. However the local church has been the subject of major renovations and so an inauguration ceremony took place on Saturday.

 

invite for the church inaugeration

There was a mass performed by the Bishop of Le Puy en Velay and then numerous speeches by local dignitaries including our local mayor resplendent in a tricolour sash.

Mayors speech at the church inauguration

The church is originally 11th century but heavily reworked in the 15th century including wall paintings which have also been restored.

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After the speeches we all retired to the Mairie for an “apéritif dinatoire” which turned out to be sangria and savoury and sweet nibbles, including some gorgeous raspberry and cream macaroons.

Vals le Chastel Mairie