Of all the sculpted Romanesque capitals in the church at Meymac, the most striking are those carved out of pink granite in the narthex, or vestibule leading into the nave, which you can access through the main entrance. They date from the 12th century (between 1140 and 1150) As well as the plant motifs, which all appear to have been carved by the same artist, you can also find decorative figures, most striking are those depicting lions being tackled, a lion devouring a man, and even a demon like human. One of the capitals represents the eternal damnation of those who have committed the sin of lust, with naked figures being devoured in the open mouths of lions.
A narrative capital presents a scene with 3 figures. In the centre, one of them, staff in hand, is placing a book on an altar. In front of him, the second is placing a vassel on the same alter, while the third kneels in prayer.
7. The Abbey
The origins of Meymac date back to the foundation of its abbey. All that remains today of the old religious precinct are the abbey’s church and the…
As you enter the church at Meymac you will notice the carved Romanesque capitals that warrant close inspection. Listen to the audio guide for tips on what…
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…