Selles-sur-Cher ,we were here!!!

This is one of those towns we passed by and never been in it. In all my road warrior trips in my belle France, the choices are endless and many. However, we love the goat cheese from there and eat it profusely , so now in the neighborhood…it was time to pay a visit to the goat cheese. Voilà nice lively town we like it and will be back for more. Hope you enjoy this brief instroduction to Selles-sur-Cher!

Selles-sur-Cher is located in the department of Loir-et-Cher, 41 in the Centre-Val de Loire region. It was on the road D956 on our way to see Valençay castle (see post). It is about 39 km from Blois.

Some brief history I like, between January 29 and February 8, 1939, more than 3,100 Spanish refugees, fleeing the collapse of the Spanish republic before Franco, arrived in Loir-et-Cher.The Selles-sur-Cher stud farms are involved
The town of Selles-sur-Cher is located in the area of the protected designation of origin (AOP) of three products: two cheeses we love too, the Selles-sur-cher and Valençay as well as one wine Valençay.

There is a nice castle here we did not see this time, the Château de Selles-sur-Cher, first medieval fortress whose construction dates back to 935, having belonged to Philippe de Béthune who called on the architect Jacques Androuet du Cerceau for its renovation, partially destroyed in the 18C and rebuilt to make it a pleasure residence. It has been reopened to the public since 2012. It has been hosting the Geek Faëries festival since June 2014.

The one wonderful monument we saw was the Abbey ! The Abbey of Notre-Dame-la-Blanche , also called the abbey of Saint-Eusice. Saint Eusice died probably in 542. Childebert had a magnificent church built on his tomb. The church was devastated by the Vikings, probably in 903. According to tradition, Saint Eusice built an oratory there in the 6C which was spared by a flood of the river. In 531, he predicted to Childeric, king of the Franks the victory against Alamaric, king of Visigoth, and on his return, the latter according to the wish he had made, had an abbey built on this very place, marking the birth of the town.

Selles sur Cher Abbey of Notre-Dame-la-Blanche altar front dec21
Selles sur Cher Abbey of Notre-Dame-la-Blanche altar side left dec21
The Abbey of Notre Dame la Blanche was rebuilt during the second quarter of the 12C. At the end of the 12C, the nave was partially rebuilt. The north wall, the pillars of the nave and its vault were then reassembled in the Gothic style during the 13-14C. In 1606, only the outer envelope of the ambulatory remained and the radiant chapels. The choir and the ambulatory were covered with a common wooden ceiling. The windows of the choir were closed.

Selles sur Cher Abbey of Notre-Dame-la-Blanche altar dec21

Selles sur Cher Abbey of Notre-Dame-la-Blanche altar nave to altar dec21

In 1613, the congregation of Feuillants which had settled in the Abbey enhanced the choir and enlarged the crypt where it placed the relics of Saint Eusice. It was not until 1882 that the abbey was rebuild to its original state, and it is an almost new church that we can now contemplate. The Abbey includes a nave flanked by side aisles, a transept and a choir surrounded by an ambulatory with three radiating chapels. The transept square has four enormous piers supporting semicircular arches which frame a dome with pendants. This powerful massif supports a steeple. The crypt below the choir contains the tomb of Saint Eusice from the 6C. 

Selles sur Cher Abbey of Notre-Dame-la-Blanche altar side left portraits dec21

Selles sur Cher Abbey of Notre-Dame-la-Blanche altar crypt tomb Saint Eusice dec21

The town of Selles sur Cher on its heritagehttps://www.selles-sur-cher.fr/ma-ville/decouvrir-selles-sur-cher/patrimoine-de-selles-sur-cher

The south valley of the Loire tourist office on Selles sur Cherhttps://www.sudvaldeloire.co.uk/destination-sud-val-de-loire_en/nos-villages-entre-moyen-age-et-renaissance_en/ville-de-selles-sur-cher_en/

There you go folks a dandy visit to be back for more, yes cheese and wine, welcome to France!The side trip to Selles sur Cher was nice and yummy, as said we will be back. For now enjoy the Abbey Notre Dame la Blanche, and Selles sur Cher as I did.

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

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