Église Sainte-Croix in Quimperlé (Dennis Aubrey)


The town of Quimperlé fooled us completely. We went to the market town about 20 kilometers northwest of Lorient in order to see the Romanesque rotunda church, the Église Sainte-Croix. We immediately headed up the hill to the center of town towards the dominating spire of a church, knowing with certainty that we would find […]

New Podcast – Sainte Marie de Souillac


My favorite place in the world is on a small tributary of the river Dordogne  near the town of Lacave, about ten miles from the great pilgrimage site of Rocamadour.  It is the hotel Le Pont de l’Ouysse, which I have been visiting since 1986.  It is my omphalos, the navel of my world, where […]

Sculpted facades in the Aquitaine (Dennis Aubrey)


We have written many times about the devastation experienced by so many churches in this region. Three great convulsions did most of the damage – the Hundred Years War, the Wars of Religion, and the French Revolution. Sometimes it seems miraculous that anything survived, but survive these churches did. The architectural glories of the Charente-Maritime, […]

A New Podcast – the Auvergne – Part 2


Words can’t do justice to the beauty of the spring countryside in the Auvergne with its fields of yellow dandelions, meadows, volcanic peaks and herds of cattle blending peacefully under a deep blue sky. In the fall, the autumn colors fill the valleys and mountains. This central highlands of France is also home to many […]

A New Podcast – the Auvergne – Part 1


Words can’t do justice to the beauty of the spring countryside in the Auvergne with its fields of yellow dandelions, meadows, volcanic peaks and herds of cattle blending peacefully under a deep blue sky. In the fall, the autumn colors fill the valleys and mountains. This central highlands of France is also home to many […]

A New Podcast – the Val d’Aran


In the Middle Ages, there were areas in Europe that existed in an isolation almost inconceivable today. In the center of the Pyrénées, just south to the current border of Spain, is a small east-west valley tucked into the mountains. During the winter snows, the valley is almost completely inaccessible. But in that valley there […]

The Woods of Our Lady (Dennis Aubrey)


So often we find glorious Romanesque churches in the smallest villages of France, often remnants of a remote abbey with a village that grew up around it. Sometimes we see modest parish churches that have survived a thousand years. And other times we find something a little more surprising, a small village that once had […]

A New Podcast – Throne of Wisdom


One of our most popular exhibitions is that showing the vierges romanes. These Throne of Wisdom madonnas are captivating and powerful iconographic images of the Romanesque era. Most of these are small (30 inch/76 centimeters), polychrome wooden statues from the 12th and 13th centuries. The Sedes Sapientiae(“Throne of Wisdom”) is an icon of the Mother […]

Hometown Discoveries (Dennis Aubrey)


Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are […]