Almost every French village has a church in the center of it, from the days when religion was at the center of life, especially when life was hard and, in this region, it was.  Even in poor towns, the church was often ornate and large, at what cost we don’t always know.  To me, these churches feel as if God is there, even if today’s people seem to have abandoned Him.  They are awesome, in the true sense of the word, before everything was awesome.  Entering these churches, many times just the two of us, the quiet and sense of peace is overwhelming.

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© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

Never forgotten

© janet m. webb 2016

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Comments
  1. I enjoyed these pictures and history you provided.

  2. Living in France I too often marvel at the churches. In our region of SW France they are mostly 12th Century churches with square towers rather than sharp pointed steeples. But what always gets me is,as you say, the sheer size, for a tiny village, the church is nearly always massive. I find the door is nearly always open and I love to look inside, I am always filled with a sense of peace.

  3. A beautiful church like this tends to center the community. Beautiful windows. 🙂

  4. Joyce says:

    God’s presence will be felt wherever His people gather, even if it be a street corner down in a slum area. It is sad though that so much money went into such beautiful churches only to find that they later were found almost empty of people come to worship. Such is the case in countries everywhere I’m sure, sadly too, even in the U.S. Yet, in some countries there is a wave or influx of people coming back, realizing their need of a Savior in this world. That is what is so encouraging, reassuring.

    • Very true, Joyce. I just read that the US is the third largest mission field after China and another country that I don’t remember offhand, possibly India.

      janet

      • Joyce says:

        Interesting too, that we live in the country, ‘home of the free’… and able to worship where we please, in whatever faith we choose, and still there are so many churches with such low attendance.

  5. sudershana says:

    Beautiful church and beautifully penned !
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  6. Beautiful church and your photos are lovely. Just entering these churches you feel humble.

  7. thirdeyemom says:

    Lovely Janet! I love seeing the grand churches and cathedrals of Europe. They are always truly majestic.

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