|Cross, church and Chateau|
St. Remy (Aveyron)
When I toured the ancient church in Toulongergues on patrimoine weekend, I purchased a booklet of the history of the church and its Priory. As I was leafing through it at home, I happened to turn it over and on the back cover was a hand-written/hand-drawn story about an ancient cross that was originally at the Toulongergues church. Apparently, it was moved to St. Remy, a larger village a few kilometers from Toulongergues in 1865. Lucie and I set out on a beautiful morning to see if we could find it.
The arms and the top of the cross are sculpted crowns.
The back side which faces the church contains the figure of the crucified Christ. At his feet on either side are the figures of two men...St. Peter and St. Paul, the patron saints of the church at Toulongergues.
On the opposite side is a lovely Virgin holding the Christ Child. The angel hovering over her head is holding her crown.
I'm sure this cross was spectacular in its original setting in front of the tall, austere pre-Romanesque church in Toulongergues just as it is here....behind the parish church with the village Chateau in the background.