Besides having a wealth of Romanesque churches, the Auvergne is also rich in our beloved vierges romanes. In the last couple of days we’ve seen three, including a revisit to Notre Dame de Chauriat, one of our favorites.
In the tiny pilgrimage Chapelle Saint-Roch-de-Montbonnet near Bains in the Haute-Loire we found a nice 13th century statue. She seems well attended as there are pilgrims at the chapel almost all of the time.
Our big find for this trip is the famous Notre Dame de Courpière. She was stolen from her church, the Église Saint-Martin de Courpière, in 2007, but was recently recovered, restored, and replaced in her home. She is exquisite, rivaling even Notre Dame d’Heume and Notre Dame d’Estours as the most exquisite renditions of the Virgin in this type of wood sculpture.
It is such a good feeling to be back in France and finding these beautiful discoveries throughout the countryside. The weather has been perfect and the churches quiet. Via Lucis could not be happier!