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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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As much as I love exploring towns and photographing doors, I also love exploring cemeteries and French cemeteries are so interesting and different from those in the US.   During the last few visits to France, we’ve seen a chapel atop a very high hill but never explored it.  This year on one of our wanders, my s-i-l pointed the Defender up a narrow road, hoping we wouldn’t meet anyone, as there was nowhere to pull over.  Someone would have had to back up quite a distance, not an exciting proposition on a narrow, curving road with a drop-off on one side.  Trust me on this.  We’ve had to do it before!!

When we reached the top, unscathed, we discovered the Chapelle Saint-Martin de Faucogney-et-la-Mer surrounded by an extensive cemetery whose residents ranged from dates in the 1800’s to the present.  The hilltop location ensured both the ability to spot danger and to defend against it if necessary.  That day, there were only the two of us, but the view was to certainly to die for.

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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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