The Lost Capitals of Mozac (Dennis Aubrey)


In the Auvergne near Clermont-Ferrand, PJ and I visited what remains of the great abbey church of Saint-Pierre et Saint-Caprais in Mozac. The abbey was one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the Auvergne, founded in the late seventh century and governed from the outset by the Rule of Saint Benedict. It was […]

Saint Etienne de Nevers (Dennis Aubrey)


The Église Saint Etienne in Nevers is an 11th century church that was constructed between 1068-1097. The structure, built with ocher limestone, is one of the finest and best preserved Romanesque churches in France, but surprisingly is not well-known. It was consecrated in 1097 as a priory church attached to Cluny and used for the […]

Two Survivors in the Meuse (Dennis Aubrey)


There is an extensive strip of land in the north of France looks oddly new. This is unusual in a country that has been settled for thousands of years and shows that history in its everyday surroundings. We see the physical remains of Celts, Gauls, Greeks, Romans, and Arabs even before the medieval world that […]

New publications of Editions Zodiaque


“Le vrai génie de l’art roman est d’être un art populaire fait pour et par un peuple chrétien.” “The true genius of Romanesque art is that it was a folk art made by and for a Christian people.” Angelico Surchamp As readers of Via Lucis know, we have done several posts on Angelico Surchamp and […]

The Giant of Sélestat (Dennis Aubrey)


PJ and I have taken about ten days vacation from Via Lucis so that we might enjoy the wonderful recent weather on Cape Cod. Kayaking, boating, fishing, and snorkeling have replaced naves, ambulatories, narthexes and apses, but now we return to our work. Today’s post is about the Alsatian town of Sélestat, located about fifteen […]