Two stone lions guard the entrance to this church. Constructed between the 14th and 16th centuries, it features a typically Limousin bell tower surmounted by a strange copper globe and splendid vaulting supported by slender pillars. Despite its name, the church is the center of the cult of St-Martial, a Limoges hometown bishop who died in the 3rd century. The church is the home of what’s reputed to be his skull, stored in an elaborately enameled reliquary. Les Ostensions is a religious pilgrimage, established in 994, that occurs every seven years from February to November. The skull, La Châsse de St-Martial—which some believers credit with healing powers—is removed from storage and exhibited as part of religious processions (which take place all over France, although this is the only one in Limoges) that attract tens of thousands of devout adherents. The next such procession is scheduled for 2023. A smaller ceremony, when the skull is brought out into the church, also takes place every year on the day of St-Martial.
pl. St-Michel, France
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Mappl. St-Michel France Limoges
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