Tuesday, March 26, 2013

St. Pierre de Blannaves

We picnicked in history yesterday. There is a little church called St. Pierre de Blannaves stuck back in the hills behind our village. We hiked up to the elegant little church with our picnic bag and had a quiet lunch together.
The church is still used for services and concerts. But the priory buildings and farm buildings are all abandoned. When I googled the site, I found that there was a church on the site in the 11th century. It then was built larger in 1306 with a priory added for monks and a farm for chestnut production.
Over the centuries it was the site of bloodshed and violence in the wars of religion and then the counter reformation violence between Catholics and Protestants. Now it’s silent, abandoned to vagrants and weather. What could this place become?  A great retreat site? A school? A hotel/spa? Artist studios??? So much beauty and so much pain!


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