Treignac the Ancient Village
One day in the week, we decided to go and visit the charming village of Treignac. It is a village
on the Vezzere river
Treignac is a village situated in the department of Correze of Limousin province. It is a small countryside village in the Arrondissement of Tulle. It sits on the “Vezzere River flowing its medieval characters.”
This little village is chronicled as one of the most beautiful village of France. As we strolled through its narrow cobbled streets we walked past beautiful old houses with shutters.
And believe me, most of the houses were closed. I hadn’t learned yet why they were all shut down and lonely. It was just a matter of minutes, I was going to find out why these homes remains closed.
During my tour I discovered that many doorways had carvings of shells. I wouldn’t keep wandering with my big mouth shut. I asked questions about the signs of the carving shells. Many years ago pilgrims passed through the village on their way to Santiago de Compostela. They left carving shells at homes or hotels that accommodated them. These carving shells were signs that they stayed the nights of their pilgrimage. (Therefore On top of the ornate doorway of the “Maison Lachaud Sangnier,” there is one carving shell. It is fact that tells the history of this refuge where the pilgrims spent their nights in the medieval times). However each door with a carving of a shell on the door, it is a venue where pilgrims refreshed themselves .In the picture above is the lady I met and had a some interesting conversations. She told me Treignac is an old medieval village. The next thing I learned was about the the houses that are closed. The owners and their families have left for a new life in big town and cities. In addition I was told that most these families have never returned for many years. Their houses are abandoned homes. And my next question, was “why have they left?”
She then told me that at the time being in her vicinity where she lives, there is only three very old ladies, herself and two of her old friends. I was surprised to learn of how villages outside Paris have not been developed. Therefore the younger generations and their children left. They left because there are nothing in the village to satisfy their modern lifestyle. There are no jobs in the village. The young residents went to cities and big towns to live and work and they returned. These houses in the village have been closed for over twenty years. To learn of beautiful homes remained shut was a shocking news. I am glad I visited the village of Treignac. I came to the knowledge of what is actually happening in some beautiful parts of France
The village is lively only at summer holidays when schools are closed. Holiday makers from all parts of Europe visit this medieval village. Some parents, children and families return to the village and as soon as the holiday comes to a close, they all leave. Above and below is the home of the lady who was so pleased to talk to me about the village. She was wonderful, appreciative and respective. What I learned from her, I imagined I would have never known such from a very younger person.There are no fashion shopping for the youths. There are no cafes or restaurants – if you would only find one or two you’d be lucky. Fashion lifestyle, inventions of technology and lots more abides to cities and big towns only. They saw a decline in everyday commodities and social activities to keep their youths active and happy. Therefore it made the younger generations, families and children vanished. It is sad to see their homes are closed and lonely. To be honest I found only one shop in that village that was a “pharmacy.” There was a Priest’s House on the other side of the road. It was for sale at the price of 25 thousand euros.
Most jobs and major developments in France are today found in greater cities and towns. If the French youths had everything they needed it would be challenging and lively. It would be a stay and live in their village. And holidaying would be even more interesting and alive.Above is a bakery, and it did not work out due to lack of population in the village. It’s been closed down – so sad and shamed. Below is a beautiful ancient home with its “la tour” in the middle of its structure. The stone framework is very eye catching. When in France you will never miss a “la tour,” since they are found everywhere.Below is uniquely the “Chapel Notre Dame of Peace.” The church bell “clochet” has an unusual spire with a twisted design. The design is very rare to find in the whole of Europe.Leaving behind “The Notre Dame of Peace” we drove further up the road. We did not want to miss the Chapel of the Penitents “below.” The chapel was built by the “brotherhood” of the White Penitents as a sanctuary from the Protestants in the late 16th to early 17th century. The church has not been in use for many decades. It is sad to see beautiful Medieval history standing in ruin and not being used. What a forgotten piece of history, adorable, pretty, interesting. Not sure if the new generations are being told of their history!
Next I came up the Market Hall in the town which was built in the 12th century. I met with a couple from Holland who knew no words in French. The map in their hands was a torture since it was in French and they were looking for the Market Hall. I spoke in English to them, it was a great relief for them. They wanted to know where they were and if they were close to the Market Hall. Luckily we were all walking up the narrow cobbled path to the Market. When in France if you don’t speak some French, huh, I imagine it is so difficult a time. But still everyone can enjoy a lovely holiday. And below I came across this home that all shutters were open with a lovely garden. Guess, my camera did not miss it either!
Flower pots on old steps are very much adorable, it is the real French way of livingThe stone step which reminded me of the step at my grandmother’s decades ago. The French has always kept their old tradition living for as long as it has lived.I love climbing foliage. They were too nice to allow my camera to miss them. France is famous for their old walls. I adore old walls with foliage taking their tolls. They are just beautiful!
Above and below are pictures of a 17th century Home built in 1806. Interesting history renovated in its original beauty.
Above is a picture of a Medieval home with its front “La Tour.” Plus it was For Sale “A Vendre.” I looks like this home is or was a previous Presbytery. “Carvings of Cross and of Angel on the top of the doorway.” As I mentioned earlier in one of my paragraph about the Carvings of shells on the doorway. This home has one too. It would have been a stop to sleep for the pilgrims who passed through the village on their way to Santiago De Compostella.
In France, mind you, wherever you may go, you will never miss ancient towers which the French calls “La Tour.”One of the most beautiful aspects of France are their “old village petites rue.” Tranquility, peace and quiet lavish this ancient village. It was such a pleasure of a chance to have visited the “Treignac Medieval Village.” I am hoping one day I will return to the Province of Limousin.