The treasures of Saint-Laurent church in Neuvy-Pailloux

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Saint-Laurent church in Neuvy-Pailloux Parish church

The church

On the reeds

In the beginning, we have here a small Paleo-Christian building, from the 6th c. They rebuilt the church in the 10th century, then later in the 19th c., because of the dampness which reigns here: yes, Neuvy-Pailloux means “the new city on reeds”!

It was the architect of the département Dauvergne who launched the building site. But problems of dampness and stability weren’t solved, so they decided to raze the church, in order to replace it by the actual church, in the 20th c. Easier!

From the Romanesque era, it remains the choir, the tower-bell and the apse (with frescos)… a fortified tower-bell, because, in the Middle-Age, the church was a real fortress: we even found a well inside!

Stony boars

Let’s go round the church, to have a nice view on the chevet: the nicest point of view! Did you notice one of the modillions? Two little animal heads: wolf or boar, we don’t know…

The decoration

Frescos, in the past covered by an awful blue whitewash, were re-discovered in 1986 during dig. Paintings represent the Christ in majesty flanks by his angels: they date back to the 12th century, probably made by monks from the abbey of Déols. Woah, what precision, what sweetness in this face!

We notice too a gorgeous Christ (16th c.) and a painting gave by a young woman from Neuvy: her brother died during the World War I. So she made this painting (his brother struck down by a shot and welcome by the Virgin) and gave it to the church…


During the dig in 1986, they found tombs (17th and 18th c.), include the grave of a priest with its Mass book… but especially Merovingian graves, part of a giant necropolis: for instance, this tomb belonging to a young lady of the 7th c., with glass pearls, necklaces and a magnificent bronze ring… The city didn’t keep those treasures! No, they send them (we don’t know why) in the Louvre museum, in Paris…

Anyway, we can see a report in the church, with pictures and objects: pieces of carved stones and graves…

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