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Chevry-sous-le-Bignon's medieval frescos

Detail | Vandebeulque / CC-BY-SA
Parish church Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Chevry

Maybe you'll never notice this little church... Personally I first looked for the village's bell-tower, but in vain! But is there really a church here, in this peaceful little village? Sure!

Finally, I found it. It was raised in a hollow, that's why we could not see it.

This Romanesque church was built in the 12th century, but it's probably older than that (there's a Carolingian nave).

Now, let's discover the treasure here... nice medieval frescos (14th century), where profane scenes alternate with religious paintings. We have horsemen, saint Hubert with his dogs, small characters...

Those paintings were abandoned for a long time and were even whitewashed, so now they are damaged.

We have here in France many fine examples of those kind of paintings. Because churches walls weren't white, in the Middle Ages... they were richly decorated and coloured!

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