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.

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