One of our voyages of exploration in the Haute-Saône led us to an interesting trifecta:  a chapel, a church, and a chalot in Saint-Bresson.  The chapel is what originally caught our attention and caused us to pull over.

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The chapel Saint-Brice, neogothic style, dates from the nineteenth century. There was, in Saint-Bresson, a very old chapel dedicated to Saint Brice. During a cholera epidemic, Father Cardot vowed to St. Brice to repair the chapel if cholera did not return. The work was completed in March 1856.
(All quotes are from Wikipedia, courtesy of Google Translate.)

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Turn around and you’ll see the church, Église Saint-Brice.  Walk a short distance for a better view.  Recognize another example of the Burgundian roof?  Unfortunately, the doors were locked, so we couldn’t explore the inside.  This is church with an active congregation.

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The Saint-Brice church was rebuilt in the 18th century. Representative of the hall-church, this church, preceded by a bell-tower porch topped with an imperial roof, consists of a nave with three vessels of five bays separated by a double row of columns, of a choir of a span closed by a semicircular apse, all covered with arches of arches with arches-doubleaux falling on columns and half-columns of Tuscan order.

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Turn around again and there’s the chalot.  You saw one of these before in the Garden of the Green Fairy in Fougerolles, where the herbs for absinthe were drying.  The Route des Chalots is in this area, but I can’t get the link to work.  You may trying looking it up for more information.

 The chalots: “the chalot is an addiction (“addition”, I imagine) of the farm. This annex is used as an attic for the preservation of grain, alcohol, food and family treasures. It is a construction made entirely of wood. Its oak structure is assembled by tenons and mortises, which are filled with thick fir planks, which allows the construction to be completely removable. The cover of the box is composed of an oak frame covered with sandstone lavas17. In the hamlet of La Corbière, a chalot is dated 166618.  (My guess is that’s supposed to read 1618.)

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After a long but enjoyable day of discovery, it’s time to head for home and a bit of dinner.  What will you have to drink with it?

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for Jo’s Monday Walk




  1. Sheree says:

    France is full of charming spots like this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Marian Allen says:

    That chapel is STELLAR! I love those little steeple bits coming off at angles from the corners! It’s too bad you couldn’t see the interior of the church, but the outside is beautiful. I love the weathered chalot, too. Charming! And I think I’ll have a glass of semi-sweet white wine with that plate, thanks! 🙂

    • We’ve really enjoyed finding so many different chapels on various visits. The churches there are gorgeous too and each little village generally has one. Your wine is coming right up!

  3. Always been intrigued by structures built of stone, and the work that it takes to construct them.

    • My husband and I both like stone buildings as well, Sally. Sometimes whoever constructs it makes such beautiful designs with the stone, too, which has to be even more work! When we lived in Cleveland, there was a stone wall near us that was one of those put together without mortar. What workmanship and what beauty!

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for commenting. I hope you have a wonderful week.


  4. The Oak and Fir construction of the Chalot intrigues me today. Does it still smell wonderful?

    • Unfortunately, we didn’t go up to this one. I imagine the aroma has dissipated over the years, but when things are drying inside, it probably still smells good.


  5. scr4pl80 says:

    Love the round window in the second picture and your dinner looks yummy.

  6. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for taking us along with you, this is a beautiful church. That lunch looks pretty tasty, too.

  7. restlessjo says:

    I did enjoy the snack! I’ve eaten too much cake lately. 🙂 🙂 Thanks for the links, hon. Have a good week!

  8. de Wets Wild says:

    Such a beautiful old building, and great to read that it is still in use for the purpose it was built!

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Dinner looks delicious, and the plate is very pretty.

  10. A glass of white wine. Thanks for the tour! The chapel is lovely.

  11. Amy says:

    What a beautiful place for a walk! Thank you for taking us there.

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