churches with paintings in the Bourbonnais posses, besides the
undeniable richness of their décor, some original features that are
interesting to recall.
If the majority of them are dedicated to
Notre Dame ( Briailles, Fleuriel, Huriel, St.Germain des Fossés) or
Saint Pierre ( Chateloy, Loddes, Verneuil) two of them refer to a
Bourbonnais saint, Saint Pourçain at Louchy Montfand and Saint Mazeran
at Brout Vernet.
Saint Martial at Contigny makes reference to the 1st Bishop of Limoges,
whereas Saint Eloi de Vitray was Limousine of origin.
The very classic Saint Martin presides over Jenzat and Lurcy Levis.
At Escurolles, the church of Saint Cyr and Sainte
Julitte is distinguished by the absence of a spire. The mechanics of the
bell rest on a structure on the ground and at Saulcet, the stone spire
which reaches the height of 36 metres was restored in 2010. Saint André
of Taxat and its unusual tower has for a long time been known for the
absence of a roof over the nef. The new roof was put on in 2011.
On its promontory, Saint Laurent of Châtel de Neuvre offers a
magnificent view of the wilder regions of the Allier.
At Veurdre the chapel of Saint Mayeul is in private property. The
community has done a photographic reproduction of the paintings which
are presented in the ‘Maison du Patrimoine’ of the village.
Saint Pierre and Paul of Souvigny is noted for the tombs of Saint Mayeul
and Saint Odilon, but also for the recumbent statues of the Bourbons.
Saint Léger of Ebreuil is one of the rare churches with a very solidly
built roof, making it possible to have two large bays, whereas at Lurcy
Levis you will be surprised by the structure of an inverted framework of
the hull of a boat.
Saint Symphorien of Biozat is characterized by the massive auvergnat
support of the spire, which has been modified several times, and by the
magnificently restored paintings.
Its portal restored, the capital of Saint Jacques and the automatic
lighting make for the originality of the church of Notre Dame of
Finally, do not forget to visit Saint Saturnin at Mazerier and see its
magnificent spire in chestnut shingle nor Saint Aignan at Bégues for its
finely restored paintings.
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