Sunday, 10 November 2013

Church on Sunday...Romorantin Lanthenay

Last week with friends Mike and Liz we made another road-trip, this time over to do a bit of wine tasting around the hilltop village of Sancerre. We decided to head up through Chatillion-sur-Indre and on to the A85 auto-route. This meant passing the Sologne town of Romorantin Lanthenay which I had been curious about.- so we made a slight detour...I will give you some more on the town later but today our 'church on Sunday' is its parish church of Saint Etienne.


 The church of today is the result of renovation work throughout its history from its origins in the 12th century right up to the last major works in the 19th century. It had been damaged both during the 'Hundred years war' and the 'wars of religion'.


The façade is uninspiring with the only real detail being in the three statues set high up in their alcoves.


Inside is rather more pleasing to the eye with the four pillars of the transept being part of the original 12th century church. It is brought right up to date with a delicate iluminated glass altar


There is a central nave with two side aisles.








Most of the original stained glass was destroyed during the looting of the 16th century to be replaced by 'modern' examples over the years.



It has many fine features like the spiralling pulpit...



...and organ loft staircase.



Glass is featured again in the rather imposing baptismal font.



 There is no Joan...but a rather fetching statue of Saint Michael


 The lack of any reference to Joan seemed a little odd considering the church's location!
Now there was a side chapel 'under wraps' so maybe she was under there having a facelift!







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