Historic site and monument
in Laval-sur-Doulon

Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption

Priory church affiliated to the abbey of La Chaise-Dieu, founded before 1067 and united with the infirmary. The church of Laval is characterized by the sobriety of its plan and its decoration. Saint Margaret of Antioch of Pisidia is the patroness of the parish.
The nurse-mage presented to the cure, received the rights of tithe, cens, direct and had the high justice. Two monks resided there.
Even if the church does not appear in the texts until 1331, one can think, according to the few sculpted elements, a Romanesque church may have existed before the current building. This was, like many of the outbuildings of Casadean, built in the XNUMXth century following the reconstruction of the abbey church of La Chaise-Dieu. The bell tower was raised by one level at the end of the XNUMXth century. The arched bays pierced in the north and south facades of the nave and in those of the chapels seem, by their style, to have been opened or modified in modern times (perhaps at the time of the elevation of the bell tower or in the following century? ). The sacristy attached to the south facade was added at an undetermined time (XNUMXth century?).
It includes a nave with two bays, a chapel to the north and south to the right of the second bay and an apse with a fairly short pentagonal apse and straight bay to which is attached, on the south side, a sacristy. The door has retained its original leaves. A curious modillon representing a double-tailed mermaid at the entrance. Inside, the entire building is vaulted with ribs with sculpted keys. The south side chapel, which is a stately chapel, bears traces of paint on the vault and walls. This building has a stylistic affiliation with the rural architecture of the 14th century.
Margaret of Antioch of Pisidia (died around 305) is a virgin martyr of the 20th century, celebrated on July XNUMX.
Daughter of the pagan priest Edesius, she converted to Christianity. At fifteen, while tending the herds, she was noticed by the prefect Olybrius who offered to marry him, which she refused, proclaiming herself a Christian. The prefect has her imprisoned. Olybrius then orders that she be tortured in different ways, but she emerges unscathed from these tortures and thus converts the many people who attended her tortures and who are immediately beheaded. The beheading puts an end to Marguerite's long tortures. Marguerite is invoked in difficulties with children, as patroness of a good education of children, for the conversion of sinners and against the attacks of Satan.
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