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Open from 2pm to 7pm from Easter to All Saints' Day, weekends, holidays and school holidays. Guided tours are available on weekdays and by reservation. July and August, open every day from 10:30am to 7pm. Self-guided tours
Great mystics have a very particular charm; a charm that this masterpiece, imagined and created by Jean Linard, shares with the likes of the Palais du Facteur Cheval. Linard united faiths by bringing together everything he loved: nature, people, stones, trees and birds. In his eyes, the meaning of the world was to be guided by peace and fraternity. For his last testament, he questioned mankind and the strength to be found in a believer’s energy and willpower. Suffice to say that a visit to this Cathedral surrounded by nature is a must. Contrary to the artist’s beliefs, no matter how close we look, neither his work nor the mysteries of the world will ever fully reveal themselves.
It was in 1959 that Jean Linard (an engraver in training) met Anne Kjaersgaard (a Danish ceramicist) and decided to settle in La Borne. Potters and ceramists had been well established there since the 15th century.
Listed as a historic monument since 16 July 2012, the Cathedral of Jean Linard is a stunning example of unique in-situ art. It also has an undeniable aesthetic and historic appeal. Built using locally sourced recycled materials, it is a sustainable and environmentally friendly work of architecture that stands in harmony with the surrounding nature.
In 1961, Jean Linard and Anne Kjaersgaard (nicknamed "Adam and Eve" by their neighbours) bought an old flint quarry in Poteries, one of the Neuvy-Deux-Clochers hamlets. Jean Linard built a large part of the house and workshops himself, using almost exclusively recycled materials. In 1975, he began designing a chapel, which quickly became a church and then a cathedral in the 80s. He devoted much of the last twenty-six years of his life to this project, during the same period of time he had four wives and eight children. His last wife, Anne-Marie, still lives in the home where Linard was buried in 2010. An independent association known as “Around the Cathedral of Jean Linard” was created in early April 2012 under the law of 1901. They aim to safeguard and enhance the cathedral.
By opening the artist's home to visitors, we give them the opportunity to understand one of the most poetic and remarkable creations of the 20th century. Composed of a large vernacular house and a garden with impressive sculptures, it is a "total artwork" where architecture, sculptures, ceramics, mosaics and environmental art can be explored together. In this respect, it is both a cultural and historical experience.
The region is well known for its pottery. There are around eighty potters in La Borne as well as a museum dedicated to the artform. The Tour de Vevre in the hamlet is also open for visits – a 12th century fortified house that is classified as a historical monument. Also worth a visit are the medieval city of Sancerre and the "C'heu Zib" restaurant in Menetou-Salon.