Sunday, 24 August 2014

Church on Sunday...Reignac-sur-Indre

Today we visit the church of Saint-Étienne (St Stephen) in Reignac-sur-Indre. What you see today would not have you thinking that you were on one of the oldest religious sites in Touraine but you are. A church here first gets mentioned by Gregory of Tours (Gallo-Roman historian and Bishop of Tours himself) as being founded by St Eustoche, bishop of Tours in the middle of the 5th century.

The oldest part of the current church is its steeple which dates from the ninth or tenth century.

The nave is from the 16th century but was renovated in the late 19th century

In one of the side aisles there is a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

There are some good examples of stained glass windows, the one above representing the martyrdom of St. Stephen, patron of the parish, and this ornate window above the front entrance.

Many of the saints are represented in statues around the church...including Joan.

You can see some more good photographs here


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