Posts Tagged ‘Tauriac’
JUST MINUTES from Carennac and the banks of the river is the medieval hamlet of Tauriac. Nothing of significant historic importance occurred here, it is simply another postcard perfect ‘petit hameau’ in the Dordogne River Valley. But, like so many of our regions’ small villages, it guards a treasure: L’Eglise Saint-Martin.
The foundations of Tauriac’s church date back to mid-8th century and upon entry you are immediately struck by the beauty of the remarkable frescoes on its Romanesque domed ceiling that date back to the early 16th century.
About a hundred years after these paintings were created pious local priests thought they distracted people from the worship of God and then had them hidden from view for the next 200 years but thankfully not destroyed!
Norman Mailer once said he detested ‘piety’ because he felt it let the air out of thought.
Somebody once told me… Paintings are poems with no words and if so, the poetry in these speaks volumes!
à bientôt! Jack
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Location map: Tauriac, France