"Pay your respects in the Belvezet chapel" Villeneuve-lès-Avignon Things to Do Tip by CatherineReichardt

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  Tiny chapel at For St Andre
by CatherineReichardt

To describe the Belvezet chapel in Fort St Andre as tiny would be understating the case - which leaves me to conclude that the garrison in the fort were either an ungodly lot, or went to Mass elsewhere!

The chapel is so understated that you could be forgiven for missing it. Which would be a shame, as it is an understated gem of stark, clean Romanesque lines that is very much in keeping with its fortified surroundings - a chapel of warriors who had no time for frippery.

Apparently it was used as a parish church until the 14th century (must have been a small parish!), but sadly this no longer seems to be a place of worship. However, it's not hard to imagine it as a place that people would have retreated to an attempt to invoke divine intervention in times of strife.

P.S. The official guide (in English) helpfully informs me that "on the left of the entrance. the gallery stairs are remarkable for the absence of a central newel" ... if you have any idea of what this means, please let me know, as it sounds interesting!

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  • Updated Oct 27, 2011
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