The living and speaking church

It's not everyday you come across a church like this one!

A church unlike any other!

Eccentric and colourful, this small church certainly stands out! The paintings on the outside and the inside are the works of  Priest Victor Paysant (1841-1921), who was appointed Pastor of Ménil-Gondouin in 1873. Inspired by his travels and pilgrimages, he worked until 1921 to decorate and furnish the church that became known as 'the living and speaking church of Menil-Gondouin' and which today is a real little gem of a museum.
(c) O. Caillebotte
(c) Les Amis de l'Eglise de Ménil-Gondouin

Hotels, restaurants and cafés nearby


  • The colourful church is located in the heart of Ménil-Gondouin, a small village located halfway between Argentan and Flers, in the Orne region.
  • Located just a few miles away from the church, in a picturesque village on the River Orne which winds its way through the Norman countryside and in which guests can swim, La Queurie is a beautiful B&B surrounded by idyllic landscape.
  • Nestled in Ticheville, a tiny village not far from Vimoutiers, La Maison du Vert is a purely vegetarian restaurant which serves exquisite, organic and locally-sourced food. In fact, most of the top quality produce is grown in Debbie and Daniel's garden, right on the spot!

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