Church of St Nicolas ,Chaumont sur Loire!

Ok so sometimes I come into a town see it, come back see it again, post on my blog but basic info, its a habit by now I guess! However, I leave out many wonderful things that needs more explanation and showing; one of these is the Church of St Nicolas in quant Chaumont sur Loire, better known for its castle.

The Church of Saint Nicolas is on the banks of the Loire river and is dedicated formally to Saint Nicolas and Sainte Eugénie de Rilly. It is located in the Centre-Val de Loire region, in the town of Chaumont sur Loire, some 17 km of Blois, diocese on which it depends. This is in dept 41 Loir-et-Cher.

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The bell tower is square and high enough to see it from far, once Inside if have time, we didn’t there is a nave with three transepts, alongside several chapels and great light with the stained glass windows. There is a statue of Saint Nicolas, Saint Martin, Sainte Catherine, and a pieta from a now gone nearby church. You will be able to see other statues and work of arts as paintings from the 19C. The outside dimensions are nice.

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It is built in the last quarter of the 19C a little away from the village, and is easily identifiable by its large forecourt, leading to the few steps of the entrance and two busts carved on both sides, and its porch. It is dedicated to Saint Nicolas and Saint Eugénie de Rilly. Its square porch tower stands proudly above the entrance and, relatively slender, is seen from afar.

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At your entry into the church, you distinguish a nave with three bays, lined with side chapels, lit by large openings adorned with stained glass windows. The church unveils in particular a beautiful statuary, including a statue of Saint Nicolas, another of Saint Martin, one of Saint Catherine, and finally a remarkable Pieta coming from a disused chapel nearby.

Other sculptures of Saints are present as well as works of art, including paintings of the 19C. The current Church of Saint-Nicolas , was built in 1883 with its presbytery on the former island of Tranchepied between the village of Chaumont and the village of Saint-Martin. The majority of the church’s windows are closed by antique glass windows connected with lead.  Two circular windows on each side of the porch tower represent the baptism of Clovis, above the baptismal font, and the burial of Christ. They seem to date from the end of the 19C, from the period of construction of the church.

It has four beautiful statues come from the old churches and chapels of the parish. They are in beautiful condition having been recently restored. St Nicolas, patron saint of the parish, because of the Loire, is the patron saint of seamen, and children. He is represented in a bishop’s dress, dressed in a chasuble covering the dalmatic and dawn, wearing the miter. At his feet a child is presented in the salt. St. Martin, bishop of Tours, evangelizer of many  campaigns, is represented in the habit of bishop, wearing a miter. He carries a butt in his left hand while his right hand is blessing. This wooden statue would come from the church prior of St Martin. Then, St. Catherine, martyr, patron saint of students among others, is presented standing. She wears the toga, a crown on her head and holds with one hand the open book and the other with the sword that decapitated her.

The Pieta or Virgin of Mercy would come from the chapel of Herpinière, hidden during the French revolution in a mulch not to be destroyed. She is made of stone. This suffering Mother can be consoling mothers in pain. Other statues are present in the church as St. Vincent, St Anthony of Padua, St. Joan of Arc, St Michael, Jean Marie Vianney or Cure of Ars, St. Philomena, St. Therese of Lisieux, the Virgin Mary, the Sacred Heart, … There are portraits such as the one representing the Holy Family, offered to the parish in 1852 by the State and Christ offered by the family of Korewo are beautiful. The tomb of the abbot Pilon, priest of Chaumont during the construction of the church, is present in the southern chapel and carries an epitaph.

A couple of webpages one on the parish and the other for direction to Chaumont will help me think, but not much written on the Church.

Parish of Chaumont sur Loire on the Church St Nicolas in French

City of Chaumont sur Loire on how to come here

Voilà a simple Church of St Nicolas, but very nice and just short walking distance from the castle and overlooking the wonderful Loire river, can’t ask for more, worth a detour while passing in town of Chaumont-sur-Loire!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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