St. Chely du Tarn and Le Villard

Gorian The Spider, episode 59 in Le Villard

In the town of Chanac, above the valley, on a rocky point over the Lot, a beautiful fortress from the Middle Ages dominates. Go for a walk, and discover its charm with the church, the city walls, the fortified gate, but also the beautiful stone houses, and other remains of the Episcopal fortress, built in the 13th century by the Bishop of Mende. 

A wall in front of the chateau and church, probably of the 14th century, including a fortified gate, delimits an esplanade where are the remains of an older dungeon, a very revamped building, a building dating from the 15th or 16th century, called "the presbytery" , presenting an off-stair stair tower, and a Romanesque church recovered in the Gothic period, adorned with murals. The cul-de-four is decorated with a historiated 17th or 18th century decor. This place completely dominates the Lot Valley ". (Information from Merimee database).



The gate


Looking through the porch you can see part of the chateau      2016


The Crossbow shots. The pine trees and the overgrown look made it look like William is just coming out of the forest.

I think it is a pity that the trees have been felled. It gave a somewhat untouched appearance to this place.


1988                                                 The pine trees are cut                                  2016



1988  The gate in the last scene. Gorian with the statue of the girl



Taken from the outside, left of the tree is a small cemetery on the edge of the cliff        Taken from the inside, the cross of the cemetery you see in the back.



   Extra photos of the front



The village le Villard in Lozere

On a rocky spur, the strengthened fortified Villard, advanced post of the episcopal domain, directly dominates the valley of the Lot (end of XVI ème century). It was renovated in 1984-1985. thanks to a school building run by the Office of Culture with the help of the region, the town hall of Chanac-le Villard and the State.


                                                                                            Nice silhouette




Gorian is obsessed with Mina and followes her quietly to protect her. Tell meets Mina. Tell is a threat and that evening Gorian attacks them with his 'weapon' and kidnaps Mina.




Interior the Spider

It can be the front has a wooden door. There is not a door or window from this size in the chateau. Then it must be the gate. Perhaps they put an iron fake door in the gate.

I don't hard to find out.


During the recording there was already the same wooden door in this gate. I think that this gate door is open and that they have used this gate with a barred door. This to show the cobwebs and that he enters the plate


Around the fireplace                                                                   The door is very high



The same windows

I can't say the interior is in chateau le Villard. Many things don't seem tot correspond, like the windows. Unfortunately I can't find photos of the interior.

The scene below there the windows do correspond! This scene must have been shot in the castle.   2016


The staircase

Same place above and below?



The windows of this castle don't correspond with the staircase windows. On older photos of the chateau the windows are still the same. It could be possible all is recorded in a studio or partially in the castle. What we know for sure is they filmed the exterior (Gorian on top of the roof and Tell in front of the chateau and the  porch).




Partially filmed in the chateau le Villard or not at all?

                                                                                                      Some of the walls have a wood construction, see below


The attic or studio?

Somewhere perhaps in the attic wood construction, could be the studio we have seen in Bounty Twins, Magician, Zombies, The Amazon etc. the stairs below could be in the castle of le Villard.



St. Chely

The waterfall in front of St. Chely (Tell rafting during a hike in episode The Spider)



The waterfall from a shot of episode The Spider (at Saint chely) 


The Children episode 64

Shot of Boissets



1988    Right below: Shot from below, over this wall you can see the main building of Boissets. This building used to have a high chimney.  2016



1988  The Children                                                                       2016 Same building          



1988  shot from the Children                                                                              2018              


Same place with a view on the farm




One of the children is distracting the parents and the other takes the children away.




Chapel St. Chely

St. Chely du Tarn for the church in episode the Children

A mother finds her lost kid back dead. They blame the stranger Tell, who coincidently rides into the village. But the priest believes in Tell's innocence. Tell realizes he saw kids on the road to the village and tries to find out where the have gone to.



1988                                                                                         2016



                                  1988                                                                     2016      


                                                                 1916                                                                                2019                                                                       



The spring of St Chely


You can see the spring streaming through the shop.





Inside the chapelle





Around 2017



The playground where the children are playing and hunting.

The Tarn riverside, the children playground. The place they bake bread and catch fish.



A local woman, who was present there as a child during the filming, is almost certain that the path along St. Chely has been used by the children and a piece of front of a cave was filmed there. The real cave is not there and may consist of two or three locations! There is a photo of 1 location through a caving site, we are still looking for the location of that cave.

'The village, on the beach is St Chely beach (north of the bridge) but this shot below is south of the bridge. Mine is taken very high and the crossbow shot very low and more to the right. When the river is more dry, it's easier to get here.


St. Chely beach    


Tell goes 'undercover.'



The children arrived by buss in St. Chely, I heard most kids were Australian children. Some local kids were a bit disappointed why they haven't been asked...





The photo left above is probably the other rock, when they filmed from another angle. But is the cave really here is the big question. Facing south.

Comparing the photo from above (2018) and below (1988). We are sure where the child stands (next to Tell at the riverside) is the background are the rocks + valley above the sign. Somehow they manage to keep the huge bridge out of sight ;)



Below a photo 180 degrees turned, still on the beach. Facing north.


This seems not St. Chely beach, but higher up.


The children believe that adults are no good. They better get rid of them. If Tell shows up again they "arrest" him and start walking around him, it's like a kind of spell. Tell gets dizzy and they throw him into the river.


He hits a rock. 



One of the children is shocked, follows the river in search of Tell and takes care of him.



At the Tarn river. Can be the same place with high water, rivers do change in 30 years. Not sure.



This little girl is now a grown-up, she wrote the guestbook and contacted us.



The village with the wooden bridges, St. Chely

The parents of episode the Children are in so many places. First of all ferme des Boissets, than the little church of St. Chely and a while later the parents run through an unknown village.


A triptych of a street


See the iron gate above and below



After they found the missing child back dead, a rider is coming into the town and everyone is afraid. They think the devil has come to get his child. They even think Tell has something to do with the missing child.


Seen from under the wooden bridge


The balcony stairs alley

1988                                                                          2019


He looks from under the stairs sees a rider passing by. Is scared to death he has something to do with the dead child. Then he comes out from under te stairs and runs away the opposite way Tell goes.


      This is the banister that has to be hidden. The wooden bridge is 90 degrees to the left on this photo


During Crossbow this stairs had a banister of wood, to hide a modern banister elements like a plastic gutter. You can see it below.

1988 The wooden bridge in front of Tell                                         Wooden bridge nowadays 2019


1988                     The wooden bridge in the back now almost unrecognizable.               2018




Parents in the street of St. Chely




Extra photos of St. Chely



One of the other bridges (not in Crossbow)                                                                                                                                      



Plus one second of a shot taken in Boissets! Noticed by C. Petit.


Spot where Tell is watching the children

Looking at the photo of Tell on the horse in Children, I thought I recognized the hazy place as cirque de St. Chely but I was wrong It's probably the plateau at farm Boissets.

                                 1988                                                                                       2017                             


Boissets at number 1. Tell follows the Children and nr. 3 is on the background (and the shot of another episode (Insurrection) is shot at spot 2.

To Compare

Episode Insurrection                                                                    Episode The Children



Look at the rock behind Tell and the formation on the photo left of P. Guegan.



The caves are unknown

There are some caves around St. Enimie with real ancient cavemen art but after discovering so many people came to visit that they had to close caves because of the bad conditions and mold. There has been made a  replica cave, also very popular. And I read there are still caves not discovered by the huge public near the river line with official paintings. Not this one. Perhaps St. Chely rock.

I don't recognize this path and mountains, perhaps near a cave?



The Children's path


The cave Paintings 

The Lascaux caves are located in the Vézère valley on the territory of the municipality of Montignac in the French department of Dordogne (Nouvelle-Aquitaine region). In 1940, a large number of rock wall paintings were discovered in a cave. Experts date the oldest rock paintings from the Lascaux cave to 15.000 BC, the youngest on 10.000 BC. It is the richest painted prehistoric cave that has been discovered so far. The 'Lascaux cave' continues for the 'Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic Art' and in 1979, as part of the Prehistoric sites and painted caves in the Vézère valley, it was placed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO.

On September 8, 1940, Marcel Ravidat (1923-1995) did not have to work in a garage in Montignac and went with and went with three friends, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, Simon Coencas and his dog named Robot to a forest on the left bank of the Vézère. A pine tree had been blown down there some time ago, and they knew that a hole had been exposed through it that had been overgrown with blackberry bushes. They made the hole slightly larger and found a vertical shaft. Marcel crawled through the hole and lost his grip. He advanced to the end of the corridor and then called his friends. Together they stood in a cave of 20 by 8 with a height of 7 meters and saw images in red, yellow, brown and black colors with the help of a small oil lamp on the walls. They realized that they had a special discovery

They made the hole slightly larger and found a vertical shaft. Marcel crawled through the hole and lost his grip. He advanced to the end of the corridor and then called his friends. Together they stood in a cave of 20 by 8 with a height of 7 meters and saw images in red, yellow, brown and black colors with the help of a small oil lamp on the walls. They realized that they had made a special discovery and came back the next day with stronger lamps and found another shaft. After three days they informed their former teacher Léon Laval. The researcher Henri Breuil published a report the same year. The news spread quickly and the cave was equipped to receive visitors.


Paintings on the wall of the cave in Crossbow 1987. They look very real, but they are probably not..


Nearby in Lascaux

The paintings mainly have animals as subject: bison, deer, rhinoceroses, cattle, horses, reindeer and bulls. The drawings and the (nature) colors have been well preserved. Many paintings have entirely colored surfaces, others are executed as powerful line drawings and engravings. The paintings in the cave are threatened by bacteria and fungi. Scientists have discovered fungi - small white downy hairs - on the bottom and side walls. The Fusarium solani is called a rather strong and harmful species of the species. In 1963, the general public had to be denied access because of the formation of green algae and fungi, which were due to an incessant influx. Since then, the cave is no longer accessible to the public. In the immediate vicinity, however, a replica (Lascaux II) has been made that is accessible to the public. This replica is better suited for the reception of large streams of visitors and also adapted for disabled people. The construction started in 1972 at 200 meters from the original cave and was finished in 1984.

Cave exterior

We think the cave is on minimal 2 places.



Not the same shot but this cave is the one who looks likes it the most. Not sure of it.         This is further inside the cave!     


The photo below is the same as you see above. But there must be another shot of another cave too.

This cave is huge, this is only the left part of it.                                                                                               





The path of St. Chely 2019. A local woman who was there on the shoot as a child, told me they took this path too..



Cave interior

We assume that the Forbidden Land cave is the same.

Tell and the child are almost sacrificed....



The cave that looks the most like it but I think it's not identical. A caver will advise us soon.  This picture is another way out of the cave....


Above deciduous trees behind Tell and below pine trees.


 Same cave but this cave is not found yet only the photo made by cavers.


To Compare

This place is the same cave as in Forbidden Land.

The Children episode 64 cave                                          Forbidden land episode 70 cave


In the meantime Tell finds the children and he sends a message to the village



To Compare

Both caves of episode Forbidden land and Children are probably the same. On some photos you can see they are both corresponding (where most of the parents on the left side enter is on the right picture the bow above Tell)

The Children                                                                                      2018      



It must not be difficult to get there if the children and the parents can also get there.



Same cave as in episode Forbidden Land




They want you to believe that he is coming out of the cave here the photo below shows something else ...

The exit of the cave, it's highly unlikely not on top of this rock (photo above).


Rocks near Saint Chely

                                                1988                                                                    2018 Rocks at the Tarn near St. Chely - Episode Forbidden land


Found by C. Petit


It can be the same place as the jump off the rock, but it's guessing. I haven't recognized the rock below yet.



The lady (Hillary Mason) says: "You came through..." This is the last we see from Tell....


People on the beach                                                                                                                                                              


Bon Voyage...


Extra photos


On our way back, beautiful St. Enimie!