On the way back,
Stop in Gentioux. At the top of the Condreau (874 m), Our Lady of the Building, a statue made of Volvic stone built at the beginning of the 20th century, as a tribute to the Masons of Creuse.
After 10 minutes of ascent, the building, 7.50 m high is offered to you. You can discover on its pedestal the tools of the construction workers.
It took no less than sixteen oxen to install it up there!
A little history…
Chateaux of Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte, the Tuileries, Haussmannian Paris, the dike of La Rochelle… are examples of building sites on which “Les Maçons de La Creuse”have distinguished themselves.
Since the 15th century, the peasant-builders of Creuse leave home and family, from spring to Christmas, to work throughout France. They are masons, stone masons, earthworkers, carpenters, roofers, tile makers, painters or pit sawyers. In the 19th century, there were some 35,000 Creusois who perpetuated this temporary migration as a family.