Friday, 3 February 2012

Round and About Mazerolles

On the same day that we went to Marthon, see here and here, we drove through Mazerolles,   sited near the top of one of the local ridges, at 330 metres (1000 feet) above sea level.
Whilst the town had a population of 1004 in the mid 1800’s, numbers have dropped enormously since then, and today, sadly, only about 328 residents occupy the town. A sign, perhaps, of the departure of  country people to seek work in the towns, over the last 150 years.
Driving past  the church, I noticed the door was open, so I thought it was good chance to take some photos.  

The Church of Our Lady of Mazerolles was built in granite in the twelfth century and restored in 1855. The section on the right has clearly been added after the original building was erected.

The side of the addition.  This provided a new altar, and further stained glass windows.

walking through the doorway

pews and confessional in the later addition

the beautifully worked pulpit in the original church

the altar in the original church

You can see we were here around Christmas time!

This is in the later addition.






As I left the church, I noticed this house and barn hiding behind the trees.

and directly opposite the church is the town hall with the war memorial in front of it.

71 comments:

  1. When I experience very old buildings, I imagine the history and the people who have come through the doors...Wow. its amazing.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  2. Velva I also I like to think back what people may be like especially what they may be wearing. Keep well. Diane

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  3. Diane, I am always so thrilled when the doors to the church are open. I just love walking into this history...the smell, the simplicity or the ornateness. My mind always travels back in time and wonder. Thank you for sharing. Susan

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  4. What a sweet simple little church. I d wish they didn't lose their gorgeous old doors... but I guess that's to be expected after 600 years! Lovely pics..

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  5. oh Diane what nice and beautiful Church, I love antiques church, this is the church I love to stay foe a while and pray:) thanks Diane

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  6. Susan I have found more doors open to churches here than in the UK. I love walking around on my own, you can stretch the imagination and wonder. Diane

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  7. lostpastremembered these doors do look pretty new, but some of them certainly look like they have doors that have been there a very long time. I am surprised that they have not aged them a bit but.... Diane

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  8. Gloria you would have loved this little church, it was so quiet and peaceful and I did not see a soul around. Diane

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  9. Hello Diane:
    Open doors really do beckon to be entered, don't they?

    It is so interesting when looking around ancient buildings to imagine what has gone on in them over the decades, how much has changed to the present day and how much remains the same. It is rather sad when so many have to leave rural villages to seek work, it seems to take the heart out of a place.

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  10. Don't you wish you had a time machine when you're in really old buildings?

    I want to go back and see what it was like when it was built.

    SP

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  11. Such a beautiful church in gorgeous surroundings! Have a lovely weekend:)
    ~Anne

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  12. Jane and Lance, open doors are a pleasure, I am so inquisitive when doors are closed!
    I agree, it is very sad that what was obviously a thriving village has now become so small.
    With all the history around us here I have a vivid imagination when I walk into old buildings. I have a real surprise coming up in the next couple of blogs. My imagination went wild! Watch this space. Diane

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  13. SP a time machine would just be perfect, it would make writing the history of these place so much easier LOL. Diane

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  14. Anne thanks so much for the visit, nice to 'meet' you. Thanks also for the comment, you have a great weekend as well. Take care Diane

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  15. What a cool OLD church. I love the archways and stained glass.

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  16. Love those pictures

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  17. Thanks Pam for your visit and comment. It was a lovely little church. Diane

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  18. This was such a lovely walk through history. You just can't help but imagine what life was like back then. And this church is so well preserved. What a lovely post.
    Have a great weekend.

    Red

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  19. I find the simpleness of the French Catholic churches very inspiring. Lovely to visit this church with you.

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  20. A beautiful old church. Looks the addition matches better on the inside than the outside. Nice you finally found a church with an open door.

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  21. Boye By Red I am so happy you enjoyed this little church. You have a great weekend also. Diane

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  22. Peggy thanks for the visit and the comment. Take care and have a good weekend. Diane

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  23. Vera this was a really lovely little church. My husband thought that I had got lost while I was walking around and taking photos, I love taking my time!! Diane

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  24. Gaelyn you are so right the inside was a great match while the outside certainly looks like an add on. Diane

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  25. It really is a lovely church, Diane and your photos show it beautifully. How lucky to find the door open. We've noticed that more and more churches are locked these days. Such a pity!

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  26. Colin and Elizabeth I am so used to the churches being closed in S.Africa because of theft I am delighted that I actually find so many open here. I agree though that there are many closed never the less. It is sad, because I feel a church should be open all the time for people to be able to go in and pray. Why do some people have to spoil it for others?
    Keep warm and have a good weekend. Diane

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  27. Aarthi, thanks for your comment have a great weekend. Sorry for the late reply somehow you went into spam!!! Diane

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  28. hi diane, nice to see the insight of the church. Although it looks a bit old, still i think it's a beautiful sight.

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  29. What a beautiful church inside and out. Thank you for showing us around it.

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  30. I love seeing the photos of the old church. It is amazing how old it is. Thank you for sharing this.

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  31. Encore une belle promenade. Merci.

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  32. What a lovely old church. Imagine the stories of those whose lives began and ended here. Ah, the tales :-). On a more practical note, I loved the floor. It speaks of ancient and enduring craftsman ship. It must have been a great addition to your trip. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  33. I think you are very lucky, you have the chance to visit all those lovely places far from touristic itineraries.

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  34. Lena most of the buildings here are pretty old. It is amazing what they have survived over the years. Diane

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  35. Glad you enjoyed it Ellie, I loved walking around it and it was just so peaceful. Diane

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  36. Words Of Deliciousness it never ceases to amaze me how these old building have survived over the years what with weather and wars. Diane

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  37. Nadji. Merci pour votre visite et commentaire. A bientôt. Diane

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  38. Mary these old buildings, particularly the churches, are quite amazing. Walking around on my own lets my imagination run riot :) I get some incredible visions. Keep well Diane

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  39. JM I hate touristy places with crowds. I agree with you we are very lucky to find so much of interest almost on the doorstep. Diane

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  40. What a pretty church and how nice to be able to go inside and take photos. That happens so rarely in the UK - churches are locked and often have bars on all their beautiful windows because of theft, which is so sad. Even churches in small country villages are not immune.

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  41. Nice pictures, Diane, although I am not church goer!!
    It is always great to visit a village or a building through your eyes!
    Well done!
    Cheers and keep warm!

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  42. Jean I found very few churches open in the UK when I was trying to take photos, even here there are quite a few closed but I have been fairly lucky. Its a case of being in the right place at the right time. Our local one seems to be open at various times but I have not discovered when! I have though been there when it is open though so I am not too worried now. It is ver sad that vandals have to spoil things for others!! Keep warm, very white here this morning! Diane x

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  43. Noushka, I love old buildings and some of the churches have the best of everything including the beautiful windows. The churches are always so tranquil and they certainly always give me a peaceful feeling when walking around alone. Stay warm. Diane

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  44. Diane, I'm so glad the door was open and you gave us a look around! Interesting too with the war memorial across the street. Do most towns there have one? We were first in Europe in the mid 60's and war memorials and other reminders of the war seemed to be in most towns. Of course, it was only 20 years earlier.

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  45. Pam I think every town or village that has a mayor will certainly have a war memorial somewhere outside. The French do no forget and Nov 11 is always remembered. We live in a small hamlet so no memorial here, but we come under a slightly larger town that does have a mayor and yes there is a war memorial there. See http://lifeincharente.blogspot.com/search/label/Armistice%20Day.
    Hope all well there,take care Diane

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  46. Hi Diane .. lovely to see the Church - it looks well tended.

    But your snow - that's pretty special - or perhaps that's not the right word - hope you're safe etc ..

    We've had snow here .. but it's melting, though tonight will be icy.

    Cheers - Hilary

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  47. Hilary the church was lovely and in part of it I think they were still restoring.
    I have to admit I love the look of the snow, but from the point of view of going to the shops I can do very well without it!
    The weather report says it is going to be icy for the next week so it does not look like the snow is going anywhere other than to ice :(( Diane

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  48. I do so love your posts Diane, always informative and with fantastic photos. You put so much into them and I always get excited when I see you have posted. I hope you had a good weekend. x

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  49. That's a beautiful vintage-like church. You know when I came here in the States, I often wonder why church are always close whenever there's no ass. In my country, it's always open all the time.

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  50. What a pretty little church! It's interesting that the population has decreased so much in 200 years.

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  51. Oh... I have so missed seeing your travels! So good to be back! These shots are just wonderful - I especially love it when you visit such historic churches :)
    Many blessings to you!
    Ann

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  52. Rebecca thanks for the visit and the comment. Take care Diane

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  53. Hi Froggy Your comments always make me feel so good. Thanks so very much. We had a very cold and icy weekend and it does not look like it is going to let up over the next week!! Keep well. Diane xx

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  54. chubskulit am sure that the closed doors of the churches there are the same old problem. Vandals, it seems they have no respect for anything!! Diane

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  55. Marjie, it is quite sad that the population has dropped so drastically. Our only thoughts could be that the farming community is now smaller and people want to work in the cities. Salaries are higher and to some it is a better way of life. Diane

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  56. Ann these little churches are so lovely, you would enjoy spending time here looking at them all, and of course the cathedrals. There are some very beautiful ones. Diane

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  57. What a serene little Church. I know I will feel very peaceful inside there.

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  58. Quay Po Cooks, it was great I had the whole place just to myself and all was so quiet and serene. Keep well Diane

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  59. Hi Diane, thank you for sharing the photos, what a lovely area and what a beautiful church. Looks so serene and inviting. Hope all is well. Take care

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  60. MARCO PASHA thanks for your visit and comment. It was a lovely little church and I really enjoyed walking around it. Keep well Diane

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  61. The piks tell a lot about the history & culture of that place.Lucky you to visit such places !! :)

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  62. What a beautiful church - it looked very peaceful -
    Mary x

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  63. Vegetarian Surprises, I really appreciate the fact that we can get to see these places that are so historic without having to drive great distances. I know we are lucky :) Take care. Diane

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  64. Mary, Mum's Kitchen. I just love it when I can walk around these places on my own without another soul in sight. It is always so peaceful. Thanks for the visit. Diane

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  65. I love strolling through these old village churches. Some are so beautiful, others not so much. Your church was very sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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  66. chcmichel this was really a dear little church and looked like it had been well looked after. There was still some work going on on one corner, so maybe I will stop by again when we are in that direction again to see what they were up to. Diane

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  67. Favorite friend of mine,Diane
    Very quiet and beautiful place!!!
    The old church, simple and elegant!
    Glad you're doing tours!
    Thanks for your take away, with your beautiful photos!!!
    Lots of kisses!

    In February, if I remember correctly, you will go to the doctor. Cough your retreat?
    I hope so.

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  68. Oh Diane, another lovely post, another lovely church & village, and another name to add to The List!

    I so enjoy these posts when you are out exploring the villages of your area. X

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    1. Dolly I love it when I find the churches open. It makes it so much more interesting than just taking photos of the outside! Diane xx

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