Sunday, 23 October 2016

Church on Sunday...St. Martin's Mont-près-Chambord

Today we visit the 16th century church of St. Martin in Mont-près-Chambord, a small village on the edge of what was formerly the Royal Hunting Estate of Chateau de Chambord. Its external appearance  does not exactly draw you in with its odd bell tower and small unwelcoming portal but inside is an improvement.

It is a little more interesting on the inside with a nave of four bays...

leading to a choir with two side chapels.

The main altar has an interesting wall hanging.

The side chapels are 19th century additions

Where's Joan? no sign of her unless the statute below is a modern interpretation of her

It is actually dedicated to victims of an event that took place here on the 21st August 1944.

There are modern (1996) stained glass windows in the church.

plus a fine set of carved 'stations of the cross'.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Never the 'park' at Chateau de Chambord

When we did our 'drive-by' of Chambord on last week's trip up to Blois we stumbled upon this fellow who crossed the road in front of us. 

I wonder how cyclists must react to such an encounter...change of 'gear' required perhaps!

The estate at Chambord reflects the extravagance of the chateau itself  covering an area of 5,440 hectares and requiring  a 20 mile long wall to enclose it!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Church on Sunday...St.Roch, Thoury, Loir-et-Cher

Today we visit the church of St.Roch in the small village of Thoury in Loir-et-Cher. Although it doesn't look it, the church, or at least the nave of the church dates from the 11th century.Any character it may have had has been lost to clinical restoration...

although you do get a bit of a clue as you lift your head as you enter the church under the bell tower.

There is a fine 19th century altarpiece which is set in a three-sided apse that appears to have lost a couple of windows.

. The choir and transepts of the two side chapels were rebuilt in the sixteenth century in the style of the time. 

One of the chapels is dedicated to St. Roch who apparently usurped St.Peter back in the 17th century to have the church renamed after him.

None of the windows are original with the oldest (above) dating from 1902.

The others,which I reserve judgement on, date from the 19th century.

There is a fine set of painted 'stations of the cross' and rather fetching chandelier in the church. 

Where's Joan? Even though we are closer to her most famous victory than usual she doesn't get a look in.

Although from a distance (if you ignore his dog) St Roch could be confused with her.