Saturday, 6 December 2014

Penne D'Agenais and Notre Dame de Peyregaud


Carole's Chatter: Penne D'Agenais  and Notre Dame de Peyregaud


Penne D'Agenais  is a town in the Lot et Garonne region in France.  It is about 40 kilometers south of where we were staying in Bournel.  The castle in Penne D'Agenais was fortified by Richard the Lionheart.

The standout attraction was Notre Dame de Peyregaud - a romanesque basilica with a silvered dome. It turns out that although it has been a church site since 1000 this basilica is modern  - being completed in 1948 and consecrated in 1949.

Carole's Chatter: Penne D'Agenais and Notre Dame de Peyregaud
 
There are 47 stained glass windows which were completed over the decade from 1946.

The first church on the site was destroyed by protestants in 1562.  Almost a century later a second church was built on the site as a result of a peasant girl's vision.  It was destroyed in the aftermath of the French Revolution.

Carole's Chatter: Penne D'Agenais and Notre Dame de Peyregaud

In the 19th century they tried again – this time in a Roman-Byzantine style. Local people had pledged to rebuild if the town was saved from the plague. It took years and years to build – the first stone was laid in 1897 and the basilica was completed just after World War II. 

Carole's Chatter: Penne D'Agenais and Notre Dame de Peyregaud
 
It is styled Cœur immaculé de Marie refuge des pécheurs which means Immaculate Heart of Mary, Refuge of Sinners.

Carole's Chatter: Penne D'Agenais


There were great views over the Lot Valley from the hill on which the Basilica stands.


As we were going back to base some big thunderclouds were gathering as you can see.

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