which was built in the late 10th century
has lived through a 1000 years of history : the Hundred Years War,
the Wars of Religion, the Revolution, pillaging etc. But despite
its longevity, the apse (and chancel), capitals and sculptures
have suffered neither damage nor alterations over the years.
Specialists in medieval art and the general public will be full
of admiration for the harmonious lines of the chancel.
The capitals are particularly remarkable as, effectively, the
sculptures probably date back to the church’s construction. The
paintings provide an excellent example of the naive, realist
specialists believe the sculptures to be pagan, others claim
that they represent scenes from the apocalypse according to St
John, like the Basilica and lightening striking from the skies
and that the likeness to other sculptures is symbolic of other
churches of the era.
It is surprising
that, unlike many other religious buildings, the symbols
remained untouched by the Reformation, the Inquisition or any of
the various steps taken by the Catholic church over the period.
This is part of the Great Mystery of Monbos Church which also
includes a sensation of peace and serenity which descends upon
the visitor no matter his religion or beliefs.
Its isolation and simplicity draw in a goodly number of visitors.
The tabernacle, which was destroyed during the Revolution, has
been restored. Like many of the small churches of the canton it
has an open oculus (a bull’s eye window) facing the rising sun.
Just discernible on the chancel walls is the outline of a
painted fresco which has, sadly, been plastered over.
The bell, listed by the ‘National Mobilier’ dates from 1689 and
still rings thrice daily.
The church itself is listed on the Supplementary Inventory of