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Historic Monument in 1981
South facade 's Inventory of Historical Monuments in 1926

Up ' in 1980, we knew 's old church particularly Langast: Elements architecture of the 15th and 16th centuries showed a partial reconstruction on many older items, "novels " they said, dating from the early Middle Ages in all cases. Part of the masonry is made of opus spicatum also says "fishbone " technicalconstruction inherited from Gallo-Roman.

A 's exterior, porch, masonry stone, decorative elements, such as ' s interior, with engoulants, stained glass, everything indicates a reconstruction in the early 16th century. The chorus in particular is completely rebuilt at that time.

It 's during renovation, begun in 1980, that ' s one discovers 's inside the first traces of paintings covered by several layersd 'lime plaster. Quickly, the services of Historic Monuments assume that the frescoes covering almost entire inner surface of the walls, and it 's what appears indeed by the first surveys. The work then prenent a new twist: we know that the closure of 'church will be much longer than expected because the update such frescoes can take several years.

The medieval churches and cathedrals were painted, whether onfacades or 's interior. Accustomed to the nakedness of the stone, sometimes we have trouble we represent "barriolées " bright colors: red, blue, yellow, green ... but many of the buildings have retained traces of polychrome, not far from 'here in Morieux ' s church also has reopened following the development of frescoes that 'it contained.

With the restoration "normal " it 's to say ' s architecture 's building (installation of pillarsconcrete in the basement unstable) 's Saint-Gal reopens its doors that ' in 1990.

Restoration 's building is now up ' s study of the mural. In euphoria, they were described as "Romance " and it 's not hesitate to say that ' they dated from the 9th century!

But the work of Catherine Hervé-Commereuc ( "Cahiers du Patrimoine "), as well as those of Marc Déceneux ( "Armen " n ° 118), have shown that it n 'was not. L 'essentialfrescoes probably dates from the 12th century, some (the scrolls) date only from the 16th.

But beyond dating, it 's the iconographic program that holds ' s attention from researchers.

The discovery of well-preserved medieval frescoes also provides insight into the direction that 'they could take to the faithful ' then: to Langast thus shows an increase, progressively as the 'on advance in the nave of the wild (natural) worldmen and princes, and to that of saints and angels. The reconstruction of the choir does not allow us to know whether this third stage was an end or if it merely precede the representation of the divine world.

Among the biblical figures identified on the frescoes Langast, Meldisedech Michel and appear as the main "key " to the understanding of the iconographic achievement. St. Michael is depicted wearing a character symbolizinga soul in a machine. This representation of St. Michael psychopompe is extremely rare: we found only two other specimens from 's and Ireland ' s England.

L influence 's an Irish manuscript is established. But it 's through it ' s influence of 'whole church "Celtic " which is noticeable. Disciple of St. Columba, St. Gal 's it was not Welsh?

Take a detour Langast: 's Church St Gal worth a visit!

AuthorBertrand L 'Hotellier 29-03-2002

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