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About ten kilometers far from the Orne Bagnoles we discover this 15th century tower which is part of Juvigny sous Andaine village.
Erected by the intendant of the Duke of Alençon in 1485, it is part of a castle which was dismantled a few centuries later.
Its phallic appearance sparked the following legend which relates to the discovery of Bagnoles de l'Orne's sources.

There was once a Lord of noble lineage and repute.
His name was Hugh de Tesse. He owned a horse he loved and who was called Rapide. The horse and the master had aged well, so much that the master was worth much more and the horse anything. Sick at heart, Sire Hugues decided to abandon Rapide in the forest close of a water source, instead of killing him. What was not his joy when he found it, a month later, fresh and alert, as when they ran the adventures! Intrigued, he mounted his steed hughes which led to the fountain. He bathed in the water source and made there for many years, provision of life and health.
The Viscount married the Lady of Bonvouloir, who bore him many children and that's why this tower was erected, whose shape evokes a phallus!

I think that I am feeling better.

Stitch in two pictures


Copyright Didi MASSOUD March 2012

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