Simply wonderful. No other words could better describe the feeling experienced by those who enter the Baroque church of Lachapelle for the first time: the bright gold gilding, the Italian-style galleries, and the painted decor are all a feast for the eyes that combine to create a surprising and somewhat unusual visit.
The history of this unique church in France dates back to 1761 when a priest who had studied in Rome (according to the legend) decided to decorate his village church in the Baroque style so that it resembled a small jewel. Inspired by the Baroque movement of Louis XV and its incredible Rococo influences, a stunning section of the church is covered in gold.
This decoration is all the more dazzling in comparison with the austere Protestant settings of the time.
The famous galleries in this place of worship are both concave and convex in shapes, and very similar to the alcoves found in a Venetian theatre. One rather peculiar feature is that the galleries are not reserved for an organ but both floors were instead designed for the parishioners.
Tribunes baroques de l'église de Lachapelle. G.Cassaro
The decoration in the chapel has not ever changed, simply renovated: you can discover woodwork decorative patterns, painted faux marble, drapery on the paintings, classical columns on the walls, trompe l'oeil wallpaper...
It truly is an unexpected jewel that is sure to surprise you.
In 1991, the original ceiling was discovered and the 18th century decoration was then restored in full. It features wallpaper that has identical crosses and octagons on it, thereby creating a trompe l'oeil effect known as coffered wallpaper.
This church since it is nestled away in the middle of the Lomagne region and has two aspects to it: the first is the exterior, in a Gothic style and situated next to the castle; the second is the interior, complete with decorative setting that strongly draws on Baroque design to create an all-encompassing feeling.