Chapelle des Pénitents Noirs

Chapelle des Pénitents Noirs, Villefranche-de-Rouergue: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Chapelle des Pénitents Noirs Reviews: 5/5

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Chapelle des Pénitents Noirs

Chapelle des Pénitents Noirs
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Monument ouvert d'avril a octobre (ferme en hiver). Monument classe, site incontournable dans la region, est un chef d’oeuvre de l’art Baroque du XVII et XVII siecle. Vous decouvrirez l’histoire de cette confrerie grace a un commentaire sonore qui evoque le contexte de la Contre Reforme et son mode de fonctionnement. De taille modeste, vous serez surpris par la sobriete exterieure du monument avec son double clocheton et son plan en forme de croix grecque. Le decor interieur de la chapelle, vous eblouira par la profusion de ses representations figuratives, son grand retable en bois sculpte, dore a la feuille, illustrant des scenes de la Passion du Christ. La voute, rehaussee de couleurs vives, fait reference au culte de la Croix. Venez decouvrir un tresor de l’art Baroque!
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Laurence N
6 contributions
Very interesting
Aug 2021
First visit when we arrived to Villefranche. The chapel is just very impressive with decorations. We bought a combo ticket including the Chartreuse.
Written August 13, 2021
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Maryline M
Montech, France7 contributions
Unusual
Sep 2018 • Couples
A very nice and unexpected surprise ! It looks like nothing you've every seen before, the visite is totally worth it.
Written November 7, 2018
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Hello and thank you for this comment! Looking forward to welcoming you to Villefranche again The Tourist Office team
Written December 14, 2018
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DFB122016
Perth, Australia15 contributions
History and building very interesting
Jul 2018 • Couples
If you are in the area and have 30 or 40 minutes to spare this is worth a visit as the building is in excellent condition and the history is interesting
Written August 22, 2018
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Thank you for this comment, we are delighted that the visit of the chapel pleased you. See you soon in Villefranche. The Tourist Office team
Written September 19, 2018
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Roe B
Le Goulet, France24 contributions
Well worth a slight detour from the normal tourist routes
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were recommended visiting this chapel by the Office de Tourism and were not disappointed. The initial welcome from the chapel’s ‘meet and greeter” Michelle was warm and inviting and her explanation of the building was exemplary.
The brief history given was further expanded by a very good handout in English which placed the building in context.
The interior of the chapel is staggering with the ceiling and walls covered in religious paintings that take one’s breath away and an altar that rivals in splendour those seen in a number of cathedrals.
One plus factor that the visitor has time to sit upstairs in pews hundreds of years old to examine the paintings at leisure and own pace to fully appreciate the vista and the devotion of the movement that created the chapel. Remember to take binoculars if like me you wish to look at the celling more clearly.
Written July 24, 2018
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Hello, we are happy that the chapel of the Black Penitents you liked, and that you could fully profuse his paintings. Looking forward to welcoming you back to Rouergue, The Team of the tourist Office of Villefranche
Written July 24, 2018
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Paul S
Lincolnshire, UK46 contributions
Dan Brown should write a book !
May 2018 • Couples
La Chapelle des Penitents Noirs,is a wonderful Chapel,with a story that stepped straight out of a Dan Brown novel,only true and plausible.The audio commentary is very good with atmospheric music .The ceiling is truly beautiful and worth climbing the stairs to the top.It was a shame the lights weren't working that day as it must be seen.The altar is very impressive,very baroque in nature,a real homage to the greater glory of God.I sat on one of the pews which date back to 1480 and mused about the hundreds of people who had used them.No sleeping through Mass on these seats,they are very hard.The large paintings around the walls of the Chapel are very impressive.

This is a must for anyone visiting the area.
Written May 28, 2018
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Hello, and thank you for your comment! It is true that this chapel is impressive let us hope that Dan Brown comes one day to Villefranche! Have a nice day, The team of the Tourist Office
Written May 29, 2018
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Paul F
74 contributions
Exactly as described! Superb...
Aug 2017 • Couples
What an amazing chapel. A little more about the Black Penitent movement would have been useful but I looked it up later so no loss. An awful lot of work to make but well done the City for preserving it all.
The lady on reception gave useful advice for us to make the most practical method of visiting. She also suggested other places to visit in the area.
Written August 14, 2017
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Hello, Thank you for your comment, it is true that this chapel is exceptional. Our guides are happy to make it known and to inform you for other discovery of the region. Best regards, The Tourist Office team
Written August 20, 2017
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rosakins
London, UK81 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2016 • Couples
What a find, we visited here in September and was lucky enough to find it was the European Heritage day so evry place visited was free, however if you are in Villefranche this is well worth seeing for the decor. Don't be put off by the exterior, inside is another world. I haven't posted photos because you really need to see for yourself.
Written September 19, 2016
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Thank you for your comment ! This chapel is truly amazing, and from the outside, we do not expect such a rich interior ...! See you in Aveyron. The team of Villefranche de Rouergue Tourist Office
Written October 21, 2016
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Ruth B
Droitwich, UK179 contributions
A gem
Jun 2016 • Couples
Well worth a visit! Splendid interior.

We had a detailed audio commentary in French; not sure if there's an English option but there is an English leaflet.

You can get a combined ticket for this, the Chartreuse and a couple of others (4 for 3).
Written June 18, 2016
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Charlotte C
Toulouse155 contributions
Fantastic painted frescos and history
Dec 2015 • Friends
This is an excellent church to visit to get a grasp of the dark History of medieval times in the Ayeron. Beautiful paintings and displays dipicting the hard times of VilleFranche and its interesting history.
Written December 11, 2015
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Nigel B
London, UK83 contributions
No penitentiary
Aug 2015 • Couples
For penitents they looked after themselves well - this is a beautiful interior; charming, intimate and warm. A great place for peaceful reflection and to admire the beauty
Written October 13, 2015
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