Life and works
In 1951 he was appointed pastor of the small community of Montardit, in the Ariège area in France.
When wandering around in the local woods, he used to collect (big) stones and bring them home. Kind of a facteur Cheval, but then Piquemal didn't transport the stones in a wheelbarrow, but in his 2CV.
Assisted by a local mason named François Folch Corbi and by volunteers, Picquemal in 1968 began using these stones to construct a small religious complex including a chapel and a calvary with naive sculptures.
picture from weblog Hérault insolite
In addition to stone sculptures, various parts of the complex have been decorated with predominantly small-scale iron sculptures, as in the picture above
Artists from the region, who felt inspired to assist in embellishing the chapel, provided glass stained windows.
Father Piquemal passed away in 2001
* The website of the department has the story and more photographs
* The website Archilibre has a page (in french) about the chapel, with photographs and a slide show
* Illustrated entry on the weblog Bienvenue chez Isdael (jan 2011)
* Video by Serflac (2'26", You Tube, uploaded dec 2014)
Notre Dame de la goutte
Montardit, dept Ariège, region Occitanie, France
open for the public