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After three years of closure, a young couple fell in love with this unusual site built from scratch by the ceramist Jean Linard, Died in 2010. Completely rehabilitated, it is again accessible to visitors.

  Dans le Berry, la cathédrale d'art singulier de Jean Linard brille de nouveau de mille feux © supplied by Franceinfo

It is an atypical place nestled in Neuvy-Deux-Clochers in the Cher: the cathedral of Jean Linard (1931-2010) sits in the middle of nature in the surroundings of the terminal, the famous village of potters.

Abandoned since 2019, the site reopened to the public on July 14, 2022 under the leadership of a young couple of Parisians. The first visitors are delighted to be able to return to this enchanting place where singular art is set aside. "It is fabulous, I am amazed by all the work that was done by this gentleman, it is rich in color and very friendly," enthuses a visitor.

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A course of fighter

to reach this project, Charlotte Collet and William Rouger, the new owners of the site, had to show patience and persuasion. Not easy to convince banks for the purchase of a cathedral. "It was very complicated, we fought to the end to show that our project was viable and that we were going to be able to live and be able to restore it," says William.

It took almost two years for the purchase proposal to succeed and to be validated by the heirs of the artist . Charlotte, from Berry could not imagine this place to disappear, in which she has memories of childhood.

Full of projects

taken under the wing of William and Charlotte, Jean Linard's new cathedral is not intended to become a sanctuary. Place of life and delicacies, the two former pastry chefs who delighted Parisian palaces have the intention of sparkling the taste buds of the cathedral. And there is no shortage of ideas. Soon the site will have its tea room, a restaurant and ultimately "there will be a guest room project because the place really lends itself," says Charlotte.

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A work Utopian

started in 1983 by the sculptor Jean Linard, in the form of a chapel then a church, the monumental work of art brut becomes at the end of 26 years of construction, a "cathedral ecumenical". Here, all religions rub shoulders. As he goes, he joined unusual recovery objects, mosaics, scrap, glass and enamels. Linard said that his cathedral was "the highest in the world, because his roof is none other than Heaven ".

registered since July 16, 2012 for Historic Monuments, the site is a remarkable example of singular art in situ.

The work of the ceramist is part of the movement of utopian artists. From Gaudí to Picassiette without omitting the horse factor which attracts nearly 300,000 visitors each year. A popularity that Jean Linard's cathedral could reach in a few years given the passion and motivation that Charlotte and William brings to this unique place.

The cathedral of Jean Linard open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free visit: full price € 6, reduced price under 16 years 4 €.

Guided tour: full price € 8, reduced price* € 6. Free

for children under 7 years old

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