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February 7, 2019

The other Churches of Le Mans!

And moving right alone on my tour of my belle France, and in the hope of bringing you closer to the best monuments around, I come back to Le Mans. Well ,this is a very popular city of many popular events. And, I have written plenty on it in my blog.

However, as before, I like to bring out the best in each city and after a general  overview come back in details. These are some of the other Churches of Le Mans,maybe not a post on their own but a single out post on them is well merited. Therefore, here I go  stay on!!

The Collegiate Church of Saint-Pierre-la-Cour, located in Le Mans ,dept Sarthe,no. 72 region of Pays de la Loire as all in this post. . It is the old church dedicated to the counts of Maine whose palace was adjacent.   The Collegiate Church now serves various cultural events. It is considered to be one of the five municipal museums of the city of Le Mans. The first Church was first built to prevent the Norman invasions, appearing as early as 865AD, and safekeeping the relics of Saint Scholastique. Thus the Chapel of St. Peter, located outside the fortifications, is not sufficient to protect the relics. A new St. Peter’s Church was created in the 10C by Count Hugues. It is located between the Saint-Martin and the Comtal Palace. It was restored in 1175 by Henri II Plantagenet, which embellished it with a span and a tower in the north-west. The chorus is lengthened, as a large arch goes as far as the Saint-Martin portal. The choir was finally consecrated only in 1378. During the Hundred Years ‘ War, the Church was fortified on three levels. In 1485, the Romanesque nave is connected to Notre-Dame, underground, by a straight staircase. Five chapels are built in arches around the choir. It is in the 16C that a high roof in the pavilion covers the tower. Many exhibitions are held here today.

Tourist office of Le Mans on the Church

Tourist office of Sarthe dept on the Church

Le Mans

Saint-Benoît Church is in the city of Le Mans, within the historic city center. It was built for the first time in the 12C, then rebuilt in the 15C and 16C on Gallo-Romanesque and Merovingian ruins. It was greatly damaged thereafter which led to its reconstruction in 1903. It was reinaugurated in 1910. Its architecture nevertheless brings an original touch because its arrow pierces among the roofs of old Mans, in the crypt of Sainte-Scholastique, we have been able to find old epitaphs and numerous substructions of Merovingian origin. The Church is always rich in statues representative of the golden age of terracotta Mancelle (local Le Mans), proof of the know-how of the potters of the city.

Tourist office of Le Mans on the Church

Tourist office of the Sarthe dept on the Church

le Mans

The Church of the Visitation is located in the city center of Le Mans. It is located in the Place de la République central point of the city. The Church once depended on the Convent of the Visitandines, currently located just behind the building. A problem arises as to its name. The history books and the city name the monument Church of the Visitation while the Diocese of Le Mans lists it as the Chapel of the Visitation. The Church was founded in 1634 and depended on its origin from the former convent of the Visitandines. The interior is Regency style with a large central dome spreading its clarity over two short transepts adorned in Louis XV style. The large lantern visible from the outside is a kind of large helmet containing fifteen small bells. The interior of the building is extremely clear because of its dome, which includes many ornaments. It’s plan follows a Latin cross of about 30 by 16 meters, while an 18C style dome rises some 40 meters above the street level. The nave is illuminated by four large windows while it is divided into four large ridge-vaulted bays. The current staircase was built in 1861 in order to suit the three-meters difference that appeared during the piercing of the Rue Gambetta. In 1792, the 33 nuns who remained in the convent were expelled and locked up in the nearby Ursulines ‘ prison. The enclosure and the garden were sold as national property. In 1793, the conventual buildings were transformed into a prison, the guillotine was installed, and in 1797, the civil and criminal courts settled there. If the Church is returned to worship from 1804, the remaining buildings will remain assigned as a court and as a prison until their respective move in 1990 and January 2010 respectively.

Tourist office of Le Mans on the Church

Tourist office of the Sarthe on the Chapel

le Mans

The Notre-Dame de Pré Church was built in the city of Le Mans between the 11C and 12C. The Church is located on the right bank of the Sarthe river, in the heart of the de Pré district. It was raised from the rubble of an ancient oratory built by Saint-Julien while his apostolate lasted. The Gothic vault was added in the 15C. The Church contains a crypt in which the relics of Saint-Julien were found, before being transferred to the Cathedral in 1835. The nave is alternately round and square pillars with a Romanesque marquee. It was the abbey Church of the Abbey of Saint-Julien-du-Pré, which received Benedictine nuns. At the beginning of the 12C, construction was continued and the abbey was finished, which offered a great homogeneity to the monument. The Church is then entirely in Romanesque style. The stone vaults are added in the 15C . A general restoration in the second half of the 19C and definitively complemented by the addition of a large porch-shaped steeple at the front of the façade. In 1950, Max Ingrand created a cross path and stained glass windows for the Church.

Tourist office of Le Mans on the Church

Tourist office of the dept Sarthe on the Church

 le Mans

There you go wonderful beautiful historical architecurally stunning old Le Mans a must to see for all its beauty and fame. The other Churches of Le Mans are worth a detour indeed. Enjoy them, and seek more as the above is just a brief introduction to each of them.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


February 7, 2019

Church of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, Nantes!

So I need to come back nearer me this time, so much travel indeed, need a break nahhh! We should be more traveled in 2019, we hope as a family. And what better way to tell about family then about a nice Church in a nice city of the west of my belle France. I had mentioned before in previous posts, but again deserves a post of its own.

This is it, for the Church of Notre Dame de Bon Port in the city of Nantes, just south of me! This is my take on it, enjoy it.

The Church of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port (also known locally as St. Louis Church), was built in 1852. Its official name is  the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port Church, but it is commonly referred to as the Church of St. Louis, in reference to Louis-Hyacinthe Levesque,  mayor of Nantes during the construction of the first Church which, as a generous donor, wanted  to bear the name of his  patron Saint. Its main façade overlooks the Place du Sanitat, which is connected by the rue Mazagran to the quai de la Fosse, where the main traffic of the Port of Nantes was held at the time of its construction. The church is framed on the west by Rue Damrémont, and on the east by  rue Mascara, while in the north a group of buildings adjoining the bedside of the Church isolates it from the rue Dobrée in Nantes.


Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port Church completed the extension of the city to the west in the 19C and the transformation of the neighborhood near the port. The old Church built in 1827, located on the north side of the place Eugène-Livet, has become too small to welcome worshippers. The new parish of Notre-Dame de Chézine, founded from the beginning of the 19C and from the parish of St. Nicholas, hosts a modest primitive Church, built at a low cost. In 1843, the decision was taken to rebuild it, because of its early decay, but on a new site; that of the former derelict hospice of Sanitat,

A monumental square-plan Church, it refused  all borrowing of the Middle Ages and reconnects with the Baroque tradition of the Counter-Reformation: The dome that recalls the Hotel des Invalides de Paris, the façade, the Saint-Peter’s of Rome, and the statue of a golden Archangel stands at the top of the arrow. The technical innovation lies in the choice made to lighten the weight of the dome while giving it more slenderness, thanks to a metal frame rather than a wooden frame. Mosaics and parquet flooring dress up the floors. The inauguration took place in 1858, but the murals would not be completed until the beginning of the 20C. The organ is restored in 1985 and the arrow tower crowning the Dome remade in 2006.

The Church Notre Dame de Port is in the form of a Greek cross with equal branches, the Church forms a square of 38 meters on the side and 30 meters high, surmounted by a dome. The 30-meters-high façade consists of two levels; a Doric ground floor and a Corinthian first floor. The central part in advance reconnects with the antique style on a single floor thanks to the raised archivolt. The Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port or Saint-Louis Church is primarily dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a trustee figure who protects the sailors. In the center of the pediment, in 1858 represents the Virgin in Glory, assisted by two intercessory Angels, one blessing the sailors departing, the other welcoming them upon their return. In 1860, the Christ comforter appears in the tympanum  and above the central gate is a sculpted group representing Saint Louis and Marguerite de Provence.

This Church Notre Dame de Port ,being the Church of the port, the three symbols of the statues of the Church  done in 1913, are located on the left front pillar, are marine symbols such as the Star, symbol of the faith that illuminates; the Anchor, symbol of Hope (Epistle to the Hebrews), and the ring, symbol of Charity.

The Dome, inspired by the Church of the Invalides in Paris, is topped by a lantern and a dart whose cross culminates at 60 meters. In the upper part of the Dome, the drum supports large windows separated by twin pilasters supporting a small pediment surmounted by a Cross. Each pediment contains the head of a patron Saint of a Nantes Church. Around the base of the dome 20 meters in diameter a long frieze from 1860. It shows the march of mankind towards the end of time: the characters of the Old Testament and the Saints of the New Testament are heading towards the Virgin in the glory of her resurrection.


sorry picture not good but only one

The stained glass windows of the Dome are on the Virgin in the glory of her resurrection. The 2 large windows in half circle represent ,the   “Ascension of the Lord”, and “The Coronation of the Virgin” done in 1950.  On the four pillars that support the Dome, the murals evoke women from the Bible prefiguring Mary: Bathsheba, Esther, and Abigail.  Built in 1891 by Louis Debierre, a pupil of Cavaillon-Coll, the Organ is one of the masterpieces of the 19C. After the disaffection of the classical organs, it marked the first return of a neo-classical organ to the mutation games, which heard harmonics characteristic of the instruments of the 17C and 18C. Its electrical transmission was one of the first in France!

My usual self, to indulge better on these wonderful sights, will show you some webpages that will surely help your visit here, and why not ,Nantes is up and coming in France as a wonderful destination!

Official parish Notre Dame de Bon Port Church

Pays de la Loire heritage site on the Church

City of Nantes, a bit on the Church

Official tourist office of Nantes on things to see in general

There you go another jewel in my belle France, and do come to the West of France lovely sights and closer to the coast and beaches, Summer is hopping around here. The city has a lot to offer and the Church is one of them, enjoy Notre Dame de Bon Port Church or literally, Our Lady of the Good Port Church!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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