L'Eglise Vivante et Parlante

L'abbé Paysant painted the front and interior of this church between 1873 and 1921. His work has almost completely worn away, but the church has been spectacularly restored. The exterior is worth the drive, but make the small effort to see the interior (see Hours, below).

Daily 2:30 – 6 PM, or so I heard somewhere. I kind of doubt it. The exterior is visible at all times. To see the interior, go to the cafe next door, and they will give you a key in exchange for your passport. I don't know when the cafe is open; we were there at lunch time.


61210 Ménil-Gondouin, West of  Argentan.

Ménil-Gondouin is, at most, a hamlet. Find your way to Putanges-Pont-Ecrepin, and take D15 toward Ménil-Gondouin. There is a sign. You don't want to go toward Falaise or Argentan. About four of five kilometers out of town, the church is on the left side of the road.

Putanges-Pont-Ecrepin is a nice little town, with some small places for lunch.

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