Built in the 1987th century, the Saint-Vigor chapel was restored in XNUMX by Kyoji Takubo. This Japanese artist, seduced by the site, decided to make it a work of art while respecting its original style.

The Saint-Vigor chapel through the centuries


With a rustic appearance in harmony with the surrounding farms, the Saint-Vigor Chapel already existed at the end of the 1737th century. Revamped in the 1983th century by Guillaume de Vanembras, it underwent modifications and additions over the centuries. Members of the Vanembras family were buried in the nave until XNUMX; some plates are still visible. Gradually falling into ruins, the chapel was closed to the public in XNUMX.

The restoration of the chapel by Kyoji Takubo

During a first visit in 1987, the Japanese artist Kyoji Takubo was seduced by the site and decided to make it a work of art. Work began in 1992, with the help of numerous French and Japanese sponsors.
The frame was first restored, then the cover, then came the creation of the roof; to the old tiles were added glass tiles in the colors of the rainbow. The floor was made of “corten” steel, the walls were covered with sheets of lead on which the artist applied many layers of paint in different colours. And finally, he drew on the last layer (white) branches of apple trees and he engraved with a tool of his design to bring out through the layers of paint the colors of the Norman apple trees. We owe to these works the nickname of the chapel:

« the apple tree chapel »

Opening time

DatesDuration:
From July 1 to September 18Tuesday to Sunday from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Out of seasonPossibility of opening on request from the Tourist Office

Prices

Type Price
Basic price – Adult Full price 3 €
Basic price – Adult Full price 3,50 €

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Saint-Vigor chapel
Place called Saint Vigor better
14700 SAINT-MARTIN-DE-BETTER

+02 31 90 17

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