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Friends of Monbos Church

The church 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 medieval style.

Although certain 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 Historical Monuments.