Morlàas and Church of Ste Foy!

And continuing on showing off my belle France on the off the beaten path areas and to tell you that even with 90 millions visitors in 2018 , no 1 in the World; there are still areas that needs to be visit in France, a country of only 67m people!

Therefore, let me take you to see this nice jewel in Morlàas, the Church of Sainte Foy!

Morlaàs is in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department 64 of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The Romanesque Church of Ste. Foy dates partially from the 11C. Its construction was begun during the reign of Centule V. The portal is the most interesting part, and proves the past importance of the city. The main items inside are a 19C monstrance, paintings, an altar and a commemorative plaque dated 1301. The Church is a stage on via Tolosane , Latin name of one of the four paths of France for the Pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela; the southernmost path.

Morlàas

Morlàas

Morlàas

This is what I found to be remarkable ,however, there is plenty to see here and you can read my previous post on Morlàas in my blog. Needless to say, Morlaàs presents a set of houses and farms from the 15C to the 19C. The Château de Baratnau at Place-dit Grange de Baratnau; the Château de Sarrabat at Place de Sarrabat; St. Andre’s Church, rue Bourg-Neuf. The Cloister of the Benedictine priory of St. Faith ; Saint John Hospital Commandery of Jerusalem ; Convent of Jacobins now demolished but you can see five capitals of marble columns Rue Molaàs-Vielle; the Convent of Cordeliers etc.

The Church of Sainte Foy  has a choir, where you will be able to admire Romanesque capitals including the desnacking of Sainte-Foy and the famous “Piton de Jaca”, motif found on the road to Santiago de Compostela. In the Chapel of Blessed Bernard are four paintings of the history of this Morlanais in the 13C, who died in an ecstatic adoration. The most remarkable element of this building remains its Romanesque portal, with a carved eardrum of the Languedoc type. It shows a Christ in majesty surrounded by evangelists John and Matthew and around the friezes of vegetable and animal decor, figures of Atlanteans and finally the representation of the 24 old men of the Apocalypse. The statues on the columns in the body of the portal are those of the Apostles. Burned in 1569 during the wars of religion, this portal was restored on the impulse of the Viollet-le-Duc, and the restoration was carried out from 1863 to 1903.

Morlàas

Morlàas

Morlàas

Morlàas

Some webpages to see this marvel and others in picturesque Morlàas are

City of Morlàas on heritage

Tourist office of Morlàas on heritage

Tourist office of Pyrénées-Atlantiques on the Church of Ste Foy

Hope it helps you find a bit more of my belle France, or is a movable feast of France!  And of course Morlàas is nice unique off the beaten path!

And remember, happy travels ,good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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