Chapelle Notre-Dame du Pontet

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Chapelle Notre-Dame du Pontet is at the south eastern edge of the town on the Estaing road just before the road bridge and by the confluence of the Lot and the Print. There are two chapels here. The oldest was a small hermitage dating from 1097. A much larger chapel was built onto the side of it in the 17thC when an Ursuline Convent was established here. This was later replaced by the Brotherhood of Black Penitants Cross until the early 20thC.

Entry is through older chapel to north, which now looks like an annex on the side covered in rough plaster. It has a small square doorway with a carved surround with a monogram above and a tiny window in the north wall. The larger chapel next to it has statue of a nun carved in a niche above the west door with two round windows above. On the living quarters on the first floor is a larger square window with dormer windows in the roof. There is a small bell cote on the roof.

The old chapel is tiny with rough stone walls and ceiling and a stone slab floor. The only light is from the window above the door and the window in the north wall. The altar is a slab of granite on a granite pedestal with a crucifix above and a statue of Notre-Dame de Lourdes on the north wall.

A round arch leads into the bigger chapel. This has plastered walls, low vaulted ceiling and a stone floor. At the east end is a bulbous wooden altar with a small painting on the wall above of the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child and a small round window above it.

Stained glass windows on the south wall have pictures of the Virgin Mary, Christ the Saviour of the World and St Augustine. Old simple wooden benches line the nave walls and there is a large cross shaped ostensoir on the west wall. Several old verger’s wands or maces are propped up against the walls of both chapels.

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