As we follow the path, we come across on the silhouette of a little Romanesque church: chapel of Plaincourault! Quick, quick, come inside with me, it’s full of treasures...
The chapel was founded between 1110 and 1120 by knights Hospitalers of St-John of Jerusalem, nowadays the Malta order. They raised their buildings not far from here, on the foundations of the actual castle of Plaincourault (private estate).
They came to say the Mass everyday! But in 1632, the Hospitalers gone and the chapel was abandoned for 3 centuries. Transformed into a barn, they put here the hay and beetroots... Damn!
New owners bought the land of Plaincourault in the 19th century, with the chapel that was still in the castle’s park. Since that time, they opened the road and nowadays the chapel is separate from the castle.
But was it saved for all that? Not sure! They raised it on rocks made of superpose stratum, very sliding. It means that our chapel dangerously bend towards the road!
Since the Nature reserve of Brenne owned the chapel in the 20th century (for one nominal sum!), they stabilized it. Nowadays we can visit it and discover gorgeous frescos...