Montrichard and its heritage!!

Montrichard is located in the department 41 of Loir-et-Cher in the Centre-Val de Loire region. Montrichard Val de Cher is the name of the new town formed in 2016 by the union of Montrichard and Bourré. It is on the banks of the Cher river between Tours and Vierzon. Nearby other tourist spots in the area of the castles of the Loire: less than 20 km from Chenonceaux, Amboise, Montpoupon, Valençay and Chaumont. Tours is only 38 km, Paris: 189 km, and Nantes: 207 km , The town is served by the Montrichard train station on the Vierzon – St Pierre des Corps line, I was in my road warrior tour of the area and after Amboise decide to stop by on the road D61/115,

So again, my road warrior tours takes me to new places i was not intended to visit! This time with extra time after visiting Amboise and Chenonceau, took a peek of Montrichard Val de Cher, and it was a pleasant trip of new wonderful things to see in my belle France.  Nice monuments here, and will like to show you these beautiful monuments in Montrichard Val de Cher! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Church Notre Dame de Nanteuil has a choir with polygonal apse vaulted cul-de-four, projecting transept and semi-circular apsidioles vaulted cul-de-four 12C, single nave of four bays 13C, facade and portal 15C, two superimposed 15C chapels at the corner of the nave and the north transept, two stone staircases, an internal staircase; paintings from the 16-17-18C. In the 15C, King Louis XI and Queen Charlotte of Savoy, his wife, continued to support it. Thus, thanks to them, the external staircase was completed. In addition, the sculpted tympanum takes the form of two cherubs bearing a shield now erased, formerly bearing the arms of Louis XI who launched work in the 15C. Also outside, on the chevet, interesting sculpted corbels are preserved. It is worth highlighting, inside, the presence of finely carved capitals with exceptional decorations. Plants, birds, characters or monsters, the varied subjects and the finesse of execution are remarkable.

Montrichard ch ND de Nanteuil front facade jan22
Montrichard ch ND de Nanteuil altar jan22
The furniture of the Church Notre Dame de Nanteuil is of the most classic without any real striking piece, except for various paintings, most of which are kept at the city/town hall and in the museum. Only the Presentation at the Temple, a 17C oil on canvas is presented in the north transept., The most revered object is a statue of the Virgin Mary. This high place of Marian devotion has witnessed many miracles and graces, if judge by the quantity of ex-votos that are still gathered there. Pilgrimages have taken place there since time immemorial, since, in 1218, the lord of Montrichard had given the chapel a large meadow, already bearing the name of pilgrims’ meadow. King Louis XI went there often, he who built the great portal decorated with the arms of France, united with those of Charlotte of Savoy, his wife, Pope Pius IX granted indulgences to pilgrims coming to Notre-Dame de Nanteuil . The great annual pilgrimage takes place on Whit Monday (Pentecost) each year.

Montrichard ch ND de Nanteuil chapel sacre heart jan22

Montrichard ch ND de Nanteuil chapel virgin et child far jan22


The city of Montrichard Val de Cher on the church

The Hôtel d’Effiat at place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, built by Jean de Beaune for the Gothic part, and by his son, Guillaume de Beaune for the Renaissance part. The Marquis d’Effiat, who owned it, offered it to the city in 1717 to set up a hospice there. It remained a local hospital until 1977., The story goes that at the beginning of the 16C, Jacques de Beaune , superintendent and governor general of royal finances, became lord of Montrichard and baron of Semblançay. The castle having become uninhabitable, he had the “Grand Maison” built to the west of the castle, between rue Porte aux Rois and the current rue Carnot. During the reign of Louis XIV, Martin de Ruzé, Marquis d’Effiat, inherited the Montrichard estate, then in 1677 gave it to his eldest son Antoine, first squire to the Duke of Orléans. The Marquis d’Effiat bequeathed the “Grande Maison” to the city in a will of 1714 to set up a hospice there. It was a hospital-hospice from 1727 to 1977. During the 19C, the current chapel and the rooms that extend it replaced the rampart on the edge of the “mail Soudée” currently boulevard Philippe-Auguste. In 1978, the former hospice took the name of Hôtel d’Effiat and became a socio-cultural centre. The hotel was restored in 2007, The wonderful Chapelle d’Effiat is the church of the Hôtel d’Effiat at 8 Rue Porte au Roi.

Montrichard hotel de l effiat front jan22

Montrichard Chapelle d'Effiat jan22

Montrichard Chapelle d'Effiat nave to altar jan22

The city of Montrichard Val de Cher on its heritage

The city of Montrichard Val de Cher and its history

The South Loire tourist board on Montrichard

There you go folks, another dandy in my belle France. Indeed it always amazes me of the bounty the country has, and the choices are endless. I am trying harder to see it all !!! Hope you enjoy the Church Notre Dame de Nanteuil and the Chapelle d’Effiat in Montrichard Val de Cher!!

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

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