Tucked out of the way on the edge of Limoux, the Basilique Notre-Dame de Marceille is a special place to me as it was here that we first met St Germaine (Cinderella) last Summer. The colour, light and quiet peace of this church makes it a lovely place to pause for thought regardless of beliefs.

While the ‘powers that be’ may be trying to whitewash certain iconography (such as badly painted dulux statues of female saints on the outside of the church) there is no doubt that, for many, this church is a special place. There is a museum full of works of art and notes of thanks from grateful people who have been healed as a result of prayers said here or time spent with the black madonna who is on display in one of the chapels.

I love the light and colour in this building – it’s glow is different to any other church we visited while in the region.

Beneath the church, at the bottom of the hill, is an ancient pagan healing well…another example of churches being built on top of sacred ancient sites!




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