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"The moving little church of Le Pompidou" Parc National des Cévennes Things to Do Tip by kokoryko

Parc National des Cévennes Things to Do: 35 reviews and 103 photos

  St Flour du Pompidou
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  • St Flour du Pompidou - Parc National des Cévennes
      St Flour du Pompidou
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  • Village of Le Pompidou - Parc National des Cévennes
      Village of Le Pompidou
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  • Inside the chapel - Parc National des Cévennes
      Inside the chapel
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  • Old stones - Parc National des Cévennes
      Old stones
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  • Cemetery - Parc National des Cévennes
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Pompidou is the name of a French President (1969-1974), and it is also the name of the village you see on picture 2; St Flour is the name of a nice small church located on the territory of the village, but it is also the name of the city where President Pompidou was born, few hundred km from here. . . . . There are some strange coincidences sometimes. . . .
In the village of Le Pompidou, you will find a small sign indicating the direction of the little church of St Flour, a narrow tarmac road which you follow, drive through a forest and chestnut trees orchards toward the Vallée Française, and after 3 km you will be in sight of this small Roman church, nested between scrubland and forest (picture 1). This very modest little church has been built in the 12th century, and was at that time the centre of a small village which had been destroyed during the religion wars. Only the church had been left from destruction, and it has been renovated during the 1960s by a private association, “Les Amis de St Flour du Pompidou”. This church is said to be one of the most beautiful of Cevennes, and indeed, its austerity has a real charm; inside, almost nothing to see, except. . . . . . a Roman architectural marvel, only lines and shapes, surfaces which, according to the website give a wonderful acoustic to concerts which are held here in summer. On picture 3 are the walls and ceiling of the apse, with the broken roman vault.
When you walk around the church, you may find some old carved stones (picture 4) showing skills of the middle age masons. The walk around the church take you also to an abandoned cemetery (picture 5), probably used after the village had been destroyed; I think I would not be against having my last resting place in such romantic surroundings, in the mountains far from the cities, in the shade of an old chapel. . . . . .

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