Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Balaguier-d'Olt

Traveling upriver on the D86 from Ambeyrac, the next village you come to is Balaguier-d'Olt. In the old Occitan language Olt is the name for the Lot River. Thus, this village is Balaguier on the Lot. You frequently see town name signs here written in both French and Occitan. At one time all of southern France spoke the old Occitan language as well as parts of Italy and Spain. The bell tower from this beautiful Romanesque church dates from the 12th century. Unfortunately, the church was locked; I wanted to see the 12th century altar carved in sandstone that is inside. Maybe another day! The church grounds also contain the war dead memorial you can see in front and the village cemetery which is to the right of the church.




Standing on the steps of the church, this is the view back down into the village...
You can barely discern a cross and some ruins on top of the hill. I tried my zoom and got this...
Ah...another reason for a return trip to this pretty village!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Evelyn, I'm making a return visit and saw that you are interested in the same kind of things as me - history, places etc - and are not a million miles away, either. I notice you've been blogging for a couple of years - why haven't I come across you before? Too many heavenly bodies in cyberspace already, I suppose! I'll come back and have a more detailed look around when I have a moment. In the meantime, I've signed up for email updates.

    Happy blogging!
    Vanessa

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