The Knights’ Stone
This carved sandstone slab was discovered by Father Saunière at the foot of the main altar. It shows two scenes, each framed by columns with a decorative cable moulding supporting beaded arcades. It is considered to be either a tombstone (H. Guy, 1927), an element from the chancel (B. Lescure, 1978) or a sarcophagus panel (P. Saussez, 2004). The carving is Carolingian (8th9th cent.).
The Knights’ Stone During work on the replacement of the main altar, a plain stone slab was lifted from its horizontal position and discovered to carry a decorative carving.
Did you know…? Father Saunière re-used the stone its carved face now upwards as a step in front of the Calvary cross, which was erected in the garden adjacent to the church.