Guest Photos of Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Toulongergues – Albert Pinto


PJ and I have been shooting Romanesque churches in France for so long and so intensely that we sometimes think we’ve seen them all. Recently our good friend Albert Pinto sent us three photographs of frescoes that have somehow been preserved at the Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Toulongergues in Aveyron, about 20 miles south of Figeac. For all the times we have been in that region, we had never heard of the church.

Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Toulongergues (Aveyron) Photo by MOSSOT, Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

The church is quite ancient, quite possibly 10th century, which makes it pre-Romanesque. For centuries it served as a small priory but was abandoned and fell into disrepair. The church was only classified by the Monuments historique in 1988.

Saint with halo, Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Toulongergues (Aveyron), Photo by Albert Pinto

The survival of the frescoes in almost miraculous, as described by Pinto. At the time of his photographs, “that was used as a barn and devastated during centuries (same case as Fenollar). The Monuments historiques have since undertaken a restoration, but the frescoes seem to be in the same state as I found them.”

Eve at the Tree of Knowledge, Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Toulongergues (Aveyron), Photo by Albert Pinto

Thanks to Albert, we have another place to visit in one of our favorite areas of France, and can use it as another excuse to return to the Basilique Sainte Foy de Conques.

Two doves, Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Toulongergues (Aveyron), Photo by Albert Pinto

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10 responses to “Guest Photos of Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Toulongergues – Albert Pinto

  1. Amazing and extraordinary, thank you, Dennis Aubrey and Mr. Pinto.

    If these church walls could speak, what a tale they could tell. And yet—they do, via the frescoes. Amazing.

  2. Thrilling structure! I marvel at the enduring strength of its original beauty and unaltered dignity. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Cindy, as I mentioned in the post, we love the Aveyron and have spent so much time there. But I had never found this church or its marvelous frescoes. Thanks for your comment and your kind words.

      • Looked again. What I thought was a kind of pillar must be her long legs.
        She’s reaching for fruit with her left hand and gesturing to a nonexistent
        Adam with her right. As you say, given the condition! Perhaps Adam is
        in the adjoining niche! She seems squeezed in there.

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