The stained glass windows


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On entering the abbey church, on your left you will see 4 creations by the Limoges glass painter Francis Chigot (1879-1960), which date from 1940. Above, the rose window represents the symbols of Christ: the hand, the fish and the dove, all three of them created using red glass. It is composed of a series of pieces laid in a chevron pattern, evoking grains. Below, Saint Michel, dressed in armour, is expelling Satan in dragon form, demanding of him “Quis ut Deus”, “Who is like unto God?”, and denouncing Satan’s pride. Alongside, is Saint John the Baptist in the desert, symbolised by palm trees and camel trains. And finally, Saint Paul, who is recognisable by the sword, instrument of his ordeal.
The other more classically styled stain glass windows are the work of Félix Gaudin (1851-1930). Created in 1885, they show, amongst other things, Saint Léger, patron saint of the church at Meymac, Saint Joachim and Saint Anne.
In 1984, a fanlight by Corrèze glass painter Dominique de Raed completed the set.

Photos credits :
– Détail de la signature de l’atelier Francis Chigot © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. P. Rivière, 2018
– Vitrail de Saint Jean-Baptiste, F. Chigot © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. P. Rivière, 2018
– Vitrail de Saint Paul, F. Chigot © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. P. Rivière, 2018
– Vitrail de Saint Léger, F. Gaudin © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. P. Rivière, 2010
– Vitrail de Saint Joachim, F. Gaudin © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2018
– Vitrail de Sainte Anne, F. Gaudin © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. J. Chalard-Deschamps, 2018
– Vitrail contemporain, D. De Raed © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. P. Rivière, 2010

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The stained glass windows

Four of the church’s stained glass windows were created by Limousin master glass painter Francis Chigot (1860-1960) Listen to the next part of the audio guide to find out about their symbolism.

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