Saint-Bonnet-le-Château and its terrifying mummies

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Saint-Bonnet-le-Château church Collegiate church Mummy

A 15th century collegiate church

A man called Varus raised the first castle here. Then the city owned its name when saint Bonnet came in the area, in the 8th century. Protestants plundered the town in the 16th century and just before the Revolution, the famous looter Mandrin made a mess in Saint-Bonnet.

What about the collegiate? It dates back to the 15th century. In an underground chapel, located under the choir, we can see gorgeous frescos (beginning of the 15th century).


The famous one! They are in a vault, discovered in 1827 when they restored the collegiate... whoa! Just imagine the distressing face-to-face with those perfectly preserved bodies (thanks to ambient air full or arsenic and alum).

We have 15 bodies of men and women, with their hairs, barbs and skins! They have such a horrible, tormented look, so awful that we thought they were buried here alive during war of Religion! One of them have scars and wounds...

But a carbon dating said that these people died at the end of the 17th century, they were only noblemen from Saint-Bonnet buried here in their familial vault...

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