Church of Saint Florentin at Amboise!

I like this town, Amboise, go there often get my wines, shop in the market and take a walk around its castle and clos lucé. However, I love the banks of the Loire and anything around it and here you have the wonderful Church of Saint Florentin, which is many times use for exhibitions only and not service. It is an impressive building especially at night. I like to tell you a bit more on it .

The Church of Saint-Florentin is a parish church in the city of Amboise in dept 37 of Indre-et-Loire, in the Centre-Val de Loire region, located in the old town and at the foot of the royal castle next to the Loire river

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The Church of Saint Florentin was built at the request of Louis XI so that the church of the castle ceases to be parish, for fear of diseases. Letters patent of June 7, 1473 granted for this part of the tax on salt for four years and the church is consecrated in 1484. There is little information, especially architectural  on the Church of Saint-Florentin of  Amboise.

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The bell tower’s roof was modified in a Renaissance style at the beginning of the 16C, after which important restoration work took place in 1876, replacing the wooden vault with stone. The bell was donated by the Duke of Choiseul. The stained glass windows were destroyed during WWII and replaced by original works by Max Ingrand, who also works at the Saint-Hubert chapel of the castle. Closed due to poor condition, it reopens in the mid-2000s.

The interior of the Church of Saint Florentin was largely transformed in 1876. The wooden vault gave way to a stone vault and the nave was enriched by two narrow aisles separated from the central vessel by fasciculate pillars, themselves same decorated with capitals floral theme. The windows, centered around the representations of the Virgin, were made in 1956. The church is also decorated with ten statues, typical of the Sulpician art of the 19C. The vertical parts of the choir were not reworked in 1876, they are from the late 15C. Today ,it serves as a place of exhibitions.

The city of Amboise webpage has a bit on the Church of Saint Florentin  as well as other things to see here:  https://www.ville-amboise.fr/88/monuments-a-visiter.htm

There you go another dandy in beautiful Amboise, plenty to see here see my other posts on it. Enjoy the Loire river and anything next to it, floating on it, or around it or above,remember the Loire.

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

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