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ABBEYS, CHURCHES AND CATHEDRALS

CHATEAUX OF THE LOIRE | CULTURE | Abbeys, churches and cathedrals

 

Religious heritage of the Loire Valley in the heart of France

 

Listed below are suggestions of churches, abbeys and cathedrals to visit in Loire Valley.

 

CITY OF TOURS

 

cathedral of Tours gothic facade flame gothic

Cathedral of Tours

 

The cathedral and the basilica of Tours : two churches in the city of Saint-Martin.

 

Inside the cathedral, we discover magnificent stained glass windows from the 13.th century : they tell us the story of Saint Martin.

This officer of the Roman army became bishop of Tours in 371. He died in Candes (today called "Candes-Saint-Martin") on the 8th of November 397 and was buried in Tours three days later, on November the 11th : the date of Saint Martin.

 

stained glass windows cathedral of Tours Live of Saint Martin

13th-century window : the live of Saint Martin

 

Numerous pilgrims come every year to meditate at Saint Martin's grave inside the basilica that bears his name.

 

For further Information :

Centre Culturel Européen Saint Martin de Tours BP 41135 37011 TOURS cedex 1 - FRANCE - Email : contact@saintmartindetours.eu

Office de Tourisme de Tours 78-82 rue Bernard Palissy - BP 4201 - 37042 TOURS Cedex - FRANCE - Tel. : +33 2 47 70 37 37 - Fax : +33 2 47 61 14 22

 

AROUND CHINON - West of Tours

 

Church of Rivière inside view fresco paintings
Church of Rivière

 

puce carré bleue Collegial church of Candes Saint-Martin (" one of the most beautiful villages of France "), churches of the town of Chinon, beautiful church of Rivière, Tavant (mural paintings), l'Île Bouchard.. And Champigny-sur-Veude with its extraordinary stained glass windows from the 16th century, near Richelieu.

 

For further Information :

Collégiale de Candes - 37500 CANDES-SAINT-MARTIN - Website : http://www.collegialedecandes.fr

Office de Tourisme de Chinon Place Hofheim, 37500 CHINON - FRANCE

Tel. : +33 2 47 93 17 85 - Fax : +33 2 47 93 93 05 - Email : info@chinon-valdeloire.com

 

Please note : on your way from Tours to Chinon, don't hesitate to visit the beautiful church of the village of Azay-le-Rideau, closed to the castle. Remarkable Façade.

 

Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

 

Abbaye de Fontevraud - BP24 - 49590 FONTEVRAUD-L'ABBAYE - FRANCE
Tel. : + 33 2 41 51 73 52 - Fax : +33 2 41 38 15 44 - Email : abbaye@abbayedefontevraud.com - Website : http://www.abbayedefontevraud.com

 

The most famous châteaux from western Touraine : château and gardens of  Villandry, château of Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Le Rivau, Brézé, Saumur.

 

AROUND ORLEANS

 

The city of Orléans is well-known for its superb cathedral with beautiful 19th Century stained glass windows, which tell us the story of Joan of Arc.

We would like to draw your attention to two other remarkable places to visit near Orléans, city of Art and History :

 

Abbey of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire

 

Abbaye de Fleury 1, avenue de L’Abbaye 45730 SAINT-BENOIT-SUR-LOIRE - FRANCE

Tel. : +33 2 38 35 72 43 - Website : http://www.abbaye-fleury.com

 

Carolingian Oratory of Germigny-des-Prés

 

Office de Tourisme Val d’Or et Forêt - Bureau de Germigny-des-Prés - 6 route de Saint-Martin - 45110 GERMIGNY-DES-PRES - FRANCE

Tel. : +33 2 38 58 27 97 - Email : oti@cc-valdoretforet.com - Website : http://www.tourisme-loire-foret.com/Oratoire-carolingien-de-Germiny