Impressive by its dimensions, odd in its overlapping with the village’s buildings, the church dedicated to Saint Emilion and destined to receive his relics, was probably dug under the Benedictine monks’ control, under the crusade return’s oriental influence, in the 11th century and up until the 16th century.
Built underground, the church is discreet from outside, hidden under the valley’s natural relief. On the village’s square, one can not imagine the impressive church hidden behind a wall finely crafted in stone. Maybe it was to hide it from the invaders came to plunder its treasures, maybe secret initiatory rites were performed there, all hypothesis are possible because digging an underground this big is far from being common in the Middle Ages.
the hostellerie de plaisance is close to the monolith church, also built in the millenial stone and protecting the spirit of the place.
Vast cavern with enigmatic characters finely crafted in the stone, ornamented with abstract paintings, strange shapes and subjects, the 12th century monks initiated a path of allegories that they wanted to be a source of educations centuries later.
Seeing the pilgrim going deep in the heart of the earth, coming back up transformed is a story you can read in the stone: Saint Michel holds the dragon at bay, a violin player underlines music’s universality, the grail becomes living stone, cherubs fly over zodiac characters, Saint Jean unveils and closes this initiatory journey… a thought to meditate on.