Sunday, 26 May 2013

Church on Sunday...Artannes-sur-Indre

Today we visit the church of Saint-Maurice in Artannes-sur-Indre, which is actually annexed to the former summer home of the archbishop of Tours.*  Although the church has 11th century origins today we see a mix of styles that modification over the centuries have applied, giving its exterior a rather clumsy look, I feel. 

The nave is 11th century, the tower from the 12th... 

...the vaulted bays of the choir from the 13th century

and the chapel from the15th century.

The church has some fine stained glass windows.

Where's Joan?...

she's given pride of place with a very fine life-size statue 

The spruced up entrance to the church is one of the church's more redeeming features.

*The former 'summer' home of the Archbishop of Tours behind,and joined to the church...

...apparently now owned by an Englishman.

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