|La Chapelle St Jean-du-Liget|
Tucked away in the Foret de Loches is a small round chapel. It's sign posted 'Chapelle du Liget' from the road which runs from Loches to Montrésor. Not far from the Chartreuse du Liget, it's a wayside chapel belonging to the charterhouse.
It has recently undergone an extensive renovation to restore and conserve some excellent late 12th century frescos which decorate the inside walls of the main part of the strucutre. Sadly the porch has long gone.
|Dormation of the Virgin [last earthly sleep of the Virgin]|
Last year we read in the local newspaper that the renovations were finished and that at the weekend one could obtain a key from someone in Sennevieres with a view to visiting... at least that's what we think we remember. Despite carefully cutting out the clipping to save for the future, we lost it. Once, when we were on our way from Montrésor to Loches we tried pot luck but it was tightly locked up.
Last weekend once we'd visited the Chartreuse du Liget we passed the sign to the chapel and decided to turn back and gamble that, as it was the "journées de patrimoine", it might be open. We were in luck, it was.
Inside it is a very simple round structure which must have been dedicated to the Virgin Mary as scenes from her life are depicted. Outside all along the walls just under the roof line runs a series of restored decorative corbels. Some are of grotesques, others are Christian symbols.
Photographing the frescos was a little tricky as just inside the door is a locked grille to prevent visitors from going up and touching them. But we hope the photos give an impression of this little gem.
If you'd like to read about some places other people visited during the Journées de Patrionine visits then have a look here.
|inside of chapel|