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The Chapel of Buron

At the beginning of 18th century, the inhabitants in Buron decided to build a chapel in the centre of the village as the church of the castle that was used began to fall in ruins. The first work on the new chapel began in 1722. The chapel is made of a simple nave without an apse and covered with a barrel vault

Its architecture

its façade is made up of a round arch front door surmounted by a walled steeple.

The legend of Buron’s Virgin

According to a legend between 1770 and 1775 the Virgin that was originally in the castle was transferred to the new chapel by the inhabitants of Buron. However it was found three times in its original location in the castle. Chanting, prayers and a formal procession made the Virgin accept to remain in the new chapel.

The legend of Garou

The vault is adorned with the legend of Garou. painted in 1936 by Louis Dussour (1905-1986) of Riom. Four panels depict the tale of Sire Robert of Buron nicknamed the Garou because of his extreme cruelty. According to the legend a fire destroyed entirely the castle that same night.


Since 18th century a pilgrimage takes place each September to celebrate Our Lady of Buron. However it seems likely that the pilgrimage dates back to 14th century. The 18 year old teenagers carry the Virgin in a procession around the village.

The church bell

The church bell is not the original one. It is named Marie-Madeleine or the Montauroune. It was melted in 1322 for the Bouschet Abbey. During the French revolution it escaped melting into canons used by the Convention armies.
It has an inscription: “NOIE HU X ANNO DNI M° CCC° XX° II M IULII R ABB FECIT”. This epigraphic writing was discovered and translated by Thierry Goron an archaeologist “in the name of Jesus Christ, I was made by Father Robertus, in the month of July 1322”. Thierry Gonon identified Robertus of Vinhal Father of the Bouschet Abbey from 1320 to 1334.
The church bell has been part of the Historical Monuments (National Heritage) since 21st March 1904.

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  • The last panel illustrates the legend of Garou which was the nickname of Robert the lord of Buron who is grabbed by evil creatures that throw him in a fire while a wild storm is raging. According to legend, the castle in Buron is destroyed by a fire at the same time.

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