Haute-Garonne. A call for donations launched to renovate this jewel of heritage

By Marie Lamarque
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May 8, 24 at 5:02 p.m.

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Every year, to save monuments in danger, the Heritage Foundation calls for donations. In , several religious buildings were included in the national collection, a real boost in funding. THE Top 100 monuments concerned were revealed at the end of April 2024.

In Haute-Garonne, the church of Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèzein the south of the department, was selected.

Still 12.7 million euros missing nationally

61% of the buildings covered by the national collection “are not protected as historic monuments, 55% are closed to the public or in danger, and almost 50% are located in municipalities with less than 1,000 inhabitants”, explains the Heritage Foundation. The need for financing to save them amounts to 15 million euros.

To date, more than 12,000 donors have already contributed more than 2.3 million euros. But 12.7 million euros are still missing. Concerning the Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze monument, the fundraising objective was set at 20,000 euros, for a total amount of work estimated at more than 230,000 euros.

A little history

The parish church of Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze was completely rebuilt in a southern Gothic style during the second half of the 15th century.

Inside, there are polychrome murals from this period representing Hell and Paradise. The church is classified as a Historic Monument. since 1974.

of the frescoes that can be seen in the church. (©Heritage Foundation – Municipality Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze)

What to renovate

As time takes its toll, several parts need to be renovated, starting with the roof of the nave. Other work must be carried out to allow the building to be completely protected from water and air.

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In addition, actions are to be planned on small masonry, the rose window must be restored, the stained glass windows must be protected, as well as the upgrading of safety and accessibility standards.

The rose window to be restored. (©Heritage Foundation – Municipality Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze)

Open the church more to the public

Ultimately, the objective for the town hall of Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze – which is carrying out this renovation project – is to open the monument to the public outside of services, in order to enjoy concerts, but also guided tours and free or even exhibitions.

Eventually, the church will be able to accommodate more visitors.
Eventually, the church will be able to accommodate more visitors. (©Heritage Foundation – Municipality Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze)

A museum, in homage to the soldiers of the village of Saint-Sulpice-sur-Lèze, who died during the last two world wars, will find its place in the chapel dedicated to them.

A donation allows a tax deduction

A project that could not see the light of day without the generosity of donors. A significant advantage, they will be able to benefit from a tax deduction with a rate that has been reinforced. It amounts to 75% of the amount of the donation paid (up to 1,000 euros, with a payment made between September 15, 2023 and December 31, 2025 for the benefit of the Heritage Foundation). Beyond €1,000, the usual tax measures apply (i.e. 66% of the reducible donation).

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