Near the Romanesque church of Nohant-Vic and its gorgeous frescos, here’s another frescos church! Lourouer means “place of prayers”. We thought the church belonged to the abbey of Massay (Cher) then to the abbey of Déols (Indre).
This church is pretty old, dating back to the 11th century. During centuries, it was extended: the actual choir was raised between the 13th and the 14th c., with the fitting out of the lateral chapels. In the 17th c., they added the tower-bell… The first restoration dates back to 1989, when the frescos were restored.
We have a unique nave, a tower-bell with a porch (like the one in Brinay or in St-Anne of Nohant, a Gothic choir, lateral chapels. So, the Romanesque nave is the oldest element! And in that nave, they found the famous frescos, hide under 10 coats of distemper!
Here, we have lots of murals, made in 5 different times! But generally, those one date back between the beginning of the 12th century and the 13th c. We have scenes from the Passion, mostly.
Monks who made the frescos in Nohant probably made those one too: yes after all, they are neighbouring and the two churches belonged to the abbey of Déols.
So, what have we got, here? In the nave, a Virgin with baby Jesus, an Entombment; a Crucifixion.
On the nave’s northern wall, we recognize saint Jack, a farmer with the word AGRICOLANUS, saint Nicolas who resurrected children in the salting tub. On the southern wall, the apparition of Jesus to Mary-Magdalene or the diner to Simon the Pharisee’s house.
And also… surprise! The Zodiac (symbol of the months) in medallions and the farmer’s daily work (like in Brinay)): harvest, grape-picking…
In the choir, decorates with Louis XIV’s style panelling, we have Gothic frescos, representing the struggle of a knight and a dragon: saint George? Saint Michael? As you want!
They also found, during the dig, a treasure made of 130 crowns (15th c.) that people used in the kingdom of Bourges.
The Way of the Cross and the benches were made by… guess who? Abbot Aymond, our joiner priest of Thévet-Saint-Julien (Indre)! Aah, yeah… it’s a small world!