I mean, being stuck in a tiny cluster of houses where water is rationed and the town square is as big as a handkerchief, and where one is far from the nearest bakery or store takes a certain kind of resident. This does get my imagination going, no kidding. Who is this person?
This weekend, Jeanne invited me to stay overnight in her place in the Roya Valley. Lucky me. She wanted to introduce me to some of her favorite spots. On Sunday we headed for the small hamlet of Brigue which is not accessible on the "Train des Merveilles" and which I had never visited ( not having a donkey or a car.)
It happened to be the day of a giant brocante sale (second hand goods and some antiques being sold in stands). These are very popular in the south of France but we were headed for a hike so we by-passed the village and kept on going.
Just outside of the town, on the way to our trail, was a chapel, not to be believed. A Church is tucked in the woods there.. filled with quite expressive and impressive "fresci" painted during the 15th century! The panels are almost in perfect condition and they have never been restored! Take a look.
|We are told that when the Seven Springs dried up the villagers prayed to the Virgin at this spot dating even before the Christian faith.|
When water again flowed, the villagers suspected a miracle and built a church honoring the Virgin. This was then the 12th century. The nave was added to the vestry and chancel in the 14th century.
The walls of the nave are entirely covered in paintings by Giovanni Canavesio. His work marries seamlessly with that of Baleison. He began his work in 1489 and completed the panels in 1492.
|The altar and the vestry|
|This is the modest exterior of the Chapel Notre Dame des Fontaines in La Brigue|