Church Notre Dame du Bourg of Rabastens!!!

Another dandy in wonderful nostalgic Tarn dept 81 of the Occitanie region of my belle France. We have come here several times and on my road warrior mode gone to many towns all wonderful and most already mentioned in my blog. Rabastens, sits half way between Toulouse and Gaillac on the D988 or old N88 road, easily done and parking by the long promenade in city center close to Hotel de Ville. One more nice one is the Church Notre Dame du Bourg of Rabastens, and i like to tell you more on the wonderful church which only had touch briefly in previous posts. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The must church in town and listed on the route to Santiago or the road to St James de Compostela is Notre Dame du Bourg, it has wonderful stained glass paintings showing the religious life real or legendary of James the Mayor or St James. The oldest part dates from the 13C completely done in red brick.It is ,also , listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the Routes of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in France since 1998.

A bit of history I like

During the 12C, a Roman priory was built in Rabastens by the Benedictine monks from the abbey of Moissac. Strongly deteriorated during the Albigensian crusade, the church was rebuilt from the Treaty of Meaux-Paris and the return of peace. The Romanesque portal is preserved but the rest is built in brick according to the Southern Gothic style. The construction took about two centuries. During the Wars of Religion, the monument was looted and transformed into a guardhouse. The statues, furniture and goldsmiths are scattered. After the return to Catholic worship, the church was entrusted to the Jesuits. A chapter was founded in 1547. A restoration began which would last until the 18C. During the French revolution of 1789, the church suffered further damage. It was restored again in the 19C. On this occasion, the northern turret of the bell tower was built in symmetry with the other, from the 16C. Murals are brought to light under the successive plasters. The restorations continued until 1889, with the redevelopment of the south chapels of the nave.

A bit on the construction/architecture I like

The Church Notre Dame du Bourg  is built on the western bank of the Tarn which flows below. It is separated from it by the collegiate buildings and the ramparts. Th e Roman remains of the early church are reduced to the entrance portal with eight carved capitals. It is vaulted with ribs and divided into four bays. The east is closed by the choir made up of a bay and a 5-sided apse. A rose window surmounts the portal on the west facade.

rabastens ch notre dame du bourg front jul10

Inside Notre Dame du Bourg Church ,on the right chapel there is the tomb of Jean Auguste de Chastenet de Puységur, bishop of Saint-Omer on June 29, 1775, then bishop of Carcassonne in 1778. In 1788, he became archbishop of Bourges and primate of Aquitaine. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly at the Estates General of 1789. The stele recalling that the heart of Marie-Jean Hercule de Chastenet de Puységur, captain of the bodyguard of Monsieur the king’s brother (future Charles X) and brother of the previous one is also in this chapel. In 1860 were discovered fragments of 14C paintings depicting subjects borrowed from the life of the Virgin, and swastika decorations. The altarpiece of the high altar represents the Assumption of Mary. There are oil on canvas portraits by an anonymous author dated 1644 in a left chapel such as Saint Roch cared for by an angel; in the sacristy of Saint Jerome in the desert an anonymous author of the 17C; in the chapel of the blue penitents An Adoration of the Shepherds oil on canvas anonymous from the 17C; and Saint John the Baptist in prayer these three paintings are exhibited at the Musée du Pays Rabastinois. The tribune organ on the eastern counter-facade by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll dates from 1866.

rabastens ch notre dame du bourg nave jul10

Rabastens ch Notre Dame du Bourg pulpit on angels jul10

Some webpages to help you plan your trip and it is a must are

The official Notre Dame du Bourg Church webpage :

The Tarn dept 81 tourist office on the church

The Vignobles Bastides local tourist office on the Church

The roads of Santiago world heritage site on the church

A Panoramic visit webpage on the Church Notre Dale du Bourg de Rabastens(beautiful)

There you go folks, another dandy monument of my belle France that must be visited. The Notre Dame du Bourg Church of Rabastens is wonderful and worth it; hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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