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Église St-Jacques des Guérets

(Guérets - fallow lands; Fallow - uncultivated or ploughed but unsown)

 

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One branch of the via Turonensis, the pilgrim's road to Santiago de Compostela from Paris, followed the Loir River Valley (not the same as the Loire River Valley - that's bigger and further south!) for a lot of the way from Chartres to Tours.  Here are some photos of the little pilgrimage church of  St-Jacques des Guérets (Guérets are fallow uncultivated lands).  The church dates from the 1100s, with paintings done in the 1100s and 1200s.

 

The Vendome tourist people list over 20 churches in the area with frescos, but we rather think that most of these are very fragmentary or in at least one case (bad) modern, and that this church and the nearby St-Genest, in Lavardin,  are the best for simple beauty and getting a feel for what it was like when churches were painted, which they all were.

 

 

 

 

The simple little frescoed medieval  pilgrimage church of St-Jacques des Guérets

 

 

 

 

 

We missed the chequered St-George with skewered dragon on the side of the main window recess.

 

 

Christ Pantocrator in Mandorla frame with evangelist tetramorph - the eagle of John, the lion of Mark, the ox of Luke and the angel of Matthew.  It's a great eagle, the unusual lion could be down to the distance between north east France and lion-land, but the ox is a bit of a medieval worry!  Underneath is three-quarters of a Last Supper - diners on the right having been lost to plaster deterioration. 

 

 

 

On the north wall, this unmistakable if confused Nativity, with the face of the sleeping baby Jesus (or maybe Mary) in the manger.

 

 

 

 

Over the manger are angry swordsmen massacring the innocents (children).

 

 

 

St-James Pilgrim with the scallop shell emblem of the Santiago pilgrimage

 

 

 

St-Peter with Papal tiara and keys to Rome

 

 

 

St-Paul with his epistles

 

 

 

The damned being marched off to hell

 

 

 

Knight overseer

 

 

 

Le Roi Hérode Agrippa (right), leg crossed, supervises the beheading of St-Jacques (James) with a little fella peeping over his shoulder.

 

 

More photos of St-Jacques des Guérets at art-roman

 

 

 

An old mill on the Loir just across the road from the church.

 

 

AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOIR, MICHEL COYAULT, CHEF GASTRONOMIQUE, GREETS SUNDAY LUNCH GUESTS AT LE CHEVAL BLANC (WHICH IS ALSO A ** HOTEL)

 

Link to Sunday Lunch at Le Cheval Blanc

 

 

 

 

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