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Le Dorat church crypt was built by a chapter to house the relics of two local saints in 1130: Israël and Theobald. The relics were set up on either side of the altar in two gravestones which are not on display in the church’s southern chapel. In the 17th century, these relics were placed inside golden wood reliquaries, which could be seen in the choir portion of the church.

According to the « vitae », which were tales of the lives of these two saints, both came from the chapter of Le Dorat and were famous for their knowledge and their exemplary attitude between the late 10th and the early 11th centuries. One collection of 12th century documents states that a series of miracles took place upon their graves, after their deaths. Regardless of whether or not these statements are truthful, they are evidence of this religious community’s will to make Le Dorat a renowned spiritual centre, among the great religious establishments of Limousin.

Photos Credits :
– Plan de la crypte. © Archives départementales de la Haute-Vienne, côte 1FI354.
– Statue représentant St Israël (transept de la collégiale). © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017.
– Statue représentant St Théobald (transept de la collégiale). © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017
– L’un des deux sarcophages qui contenait initialement les reliques de St Israël et de St Théobald. © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017
– Châsse de St Théobald. © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017
– Châsse de St Israël. © Aimsé, 2017.
– St Israël enseignant la théologie (vitrail de la chapelle sud de la collégiale du Dorat). © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017
– St Théobald visitant les malades (vitrail de la chapelle sud de la collégiale du Dorat). © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2017
Vies de St Israël et St Théobald par l’abbé Rougerie, 1871. © Gallica, BNF

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