NEUVY-SAINT–SÉPULCHRE – CLUIS

 

Along the Via Lemovicensis, there are many Romanesque churches. I love the simplicity of the architecture, the massive thickness of the stonewalls, the spacious feeling inside and expressive figurative reliefs on the capitals. Whenever a church like that was open, I visited it. When I entered the church Collégiale Saint Jacques, I was blown away by its beauty, simplicity and graciousness. This church- a replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem- is dedicated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

 

 

11th century church St. Jacques

11th century church St. Jacques

 

 

Rotunda (diameter 66 feet) 11 columns on the ground level

Rotunda (diameter 66 feet) 11 columns on the ground level

 

This day, I only hiked 7 miles to the next town, Cluis. On my way, I met the typical donkey of this area, the Grande Noir du Berry.

 

 

Le Grande Noir du Berry

Le Grande Noir du Berry

 

Cluis is a charming little town with a 17th century market hall, ruins of a former castle and a viaduct built for the train, which ran until 1952. Unfortunately, no trains or busses are going anymore between towns in the French countryside. Everything is directed to and from Paris.

 

 

Les Halles

Les Halles

 

 

Le Viaduc de l’Auzon, built in 1899

Le Viaduc de l’Auzon, built in 1899

 

 

Remains of the 12th century castle, Cluis-Dessous.

Remains of the 12th century castle, Cluis-Dessous.

 

In Cluis, I stayed in a refuge with four other pilgrims I had met before. It was great to see them again.

 

 

Refuge with 3 pilgrims

Refuge with 3 pilgrims