Don’t be misled by the name of the village! The church is one
of the oldest in the canton. It is known to exist since the
12th century. At that time, it was a dependency of the Abbey
of Charroux in Poitou.
Even though it has been reworked several times, there is still
evidence of the earlier construction. Four Roman modillions
(sculptures that seem to support a cornice) were put back into
the walls in the 15th century, when the steeple was built. The
sculptures are two mens’ faces, a horse’s head, and a ram’s
wall is particularly interesting. It is triangular with four
openings, and still has the old, 16th century bell. It is
beautiful, and is decorated with bas reliefs and inscriptions
“in beautiful Gothic” wrote Abbot Brugière. It dates from “the
year one thousand VCXXX”. The two other bells are from the
19th century. The lone opening at the top did not have a bell
until Abbot Guérin was so moved at the beginning of the
century. Not having the means to offer a real bell, he had one
made in wood, which he covered in metal.
Lifting your head toward the steeple, you can see a cross that
stands out near the top. Just below it, but difficult to see
from underneath, a Toulousian cross is carved on the west
gable. On the other side (east gable) a fleur-de-lis appears.
Under the cross, the Occitane land and the kingdom of France
At the bottom
of the pitch, two individuals watch us: on one side, a bear,
on the other, a rather crude human face. It is the portrayal (relatively
common in churches from the 19th century) of one of the last
great prehistoric myths. “the legend of Jean of the bear”. At
the cornice’s angles, you can make out some representations of
animals, including an enormous toad.
Votive festival, the first Sunday in August