And there is a Cheverny!!

As we continue our road warrior visit of the Loire valley and its castles, wines, food, monuments I take you back to Cheverny. We have been here before, see post, but many years ago. It took me great strength to be back with the rest of my family, my 3 boys, my Dad, and our dog Rex; sadly all boys this time. Cheverny is a memorable spot and there will be more to come. For now, enjoy Cheverny as I do.

The town of Cheverny is located in the department of Loir-et-Cher, 41 in the Centre-Val de Loire region. The architectural heritage of the town includes three buildings included in the inventory of historical monuments: the castle of Cheverny (see post), the castle of Troussay, and the Church of Saint-Étienne.  Cheverny is about 14 kmfrom Blois , and only 1 km from Cour-Cheverny (see post).  The town of Cheverny is located in the area of ​​the protected designation of origin (AOP) of four products: a cheese (Selles-sur-Cher) and three wines Cheverny, Cour-Cheverny and Crémant- de-Loire.

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The Hurault de Vibraye family who have owned Château de Cheverny (see posts) for more than six centuries, although not consecutive (the castle was seized by the King in the 16C). The Château de Troussay. The Château du Breuil – now a Hotel-Restaurant. The Saint-Étienne Church, built in the 12C, was joined in the 16C by a wooden porch and a side aisle between the bell tower and a seigneurial chapel.  The Cheverny forest, with an area of ​​2,502 ha; it extends over 4 towns, Cheverny, Cour-Cheverny, Contres and Fontaines-en-Sologne. The Jazzin’Cheverny festival is a jazz music festival. It has been held every year since 2008 within the walls of the Château de Cheverny.

I like to tell you more about the St Stephens’ Church.

The Church Saint Etienne is a small 12C parish church, firstly restored in the 16C. The exterior of the church has a remarkable covered gallery which partly surrounds the church and shelters, with its gray slate roof, the entrance to the magnificently flowered church.

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The current church was built in the 12C on the site of an old pre-Romanesque church, You see the masonry of the base of the bell tower and especially a small blocked bay clearly visible in the part of the facade, in fact, as the remains of pre-Romanesque constructions. The portal is from the 12C, semicircular, adorned with sawtooths, rafters and a torus. The bell tower also seems to be from the same period, at least in its first part. Originally, most churches had only one nave with a mud vault with exposed beams and punches.

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It was in the 16C, as towns developed around royal towns and the number of parishioners increased,that many churches were transformed and enlarged.  It was also at this time that a stately chapel was built on the side of the choir, on the site of the current sacristy. During the French revolution, the Convention ordered, in May 1792, the systematic destruction of all the symbols of the Ancien Régime(monarchy), and it was in 1793 that the seigneurial chapel of Cheverny was destroyed, the funeral plaques and the graves broken and the scattered bones. It was not until 1825, after the return of the castle to the family, that Anne-Victor Hurault gathered the scattered pieces of the funeral plaques and had them placed around the chapel of the Virgin where they are still today (on the right of the choir,on the aisle).

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In the last months of the 19C, major works appeared necessary. They concern the wall and the roof of the nave. Among the last major works carried out on the church were the repair of the frame and the replacement of the slates of the bell tower.  It was in November 1976 and early 1977 that the work was carried out.

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The town of Cheverny on its heritage

The Blois Chambord tourist office on Cheverny

And even thus it was closed, for the family memories we stopped by and took this another picture of Ristorante Le Pinocchio (see post) 1 Rue du Chêne des Dames, Cheverny. We ate here many years ago, with my dear late wife Martine and it was a must stop. Picture for the memories of always.

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There you go folks, another memorable visit to wonderful little Cheverny, part of the valley of the kings and rightfully royal and grand indeed. Hope you enjoy the post on a bit more on Cheverny than the famous castle.

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

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