The Church Sainte Croix of Nantes!

One of my favorite cities of my belle France,out in the west is Nantes. And this wonderful place has history and architecture while remaining off the beaten path even with relation to a Jules Verne. Of course, still in the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 of the Pays de la Loire region. I like to update this older post with new text and same pictures on the Church of Sainte Croix or Holy Cross,

The Church of Sainte Croix was built in the 17C in the classical style and then modified in the 19C. The church is located in the district of Bouffay, of which it is the church since 1138.  On the side of the church there is a passarelle to the Holy Cross passage. The parish register, on the date of February 8, 1828, bears the transcript of Jules Verne’s birth and baptism certificate.


A bit of history I like

The origin of the church is uncertain, but as early as the 11C the Benedictines of Marmoutier (city of Tours) had a priory whose Chapel Saint-Martin was located at the present site of the church’s choir. At the time the chapel was used for the Château du Bouffay which was adjoined it.  The actual construction of the present Church of Sainte Croix begins in the 17C. From 1669 to 1685, the nave is built in the flamboyant ogival style. The bedside was then made up of three altars leaning against a flat wall. The façade, overlooking Place Sainte-Croix, is adorned in the purest classical style, with columns and ancient pediments. During the reign of terror in the French revolution, the Church was used as a prison. In 1839, the Choir was carried out in the flamboyant style, like the nave.

In 1860, the façade of a campanile and the old belfry of the city is surmounted. The belfry initially covered the tower of Bouffay, in a polygonal form, built in 1664 and destroyed in 1848, located at the intersection of the rue de Bouffay and rue de Belle-Image, itself the only vestige of the ancient castle of Bouffay.  Henceforth, the ensemble consists of the clock of the old belfry topped by a lantern that houses the bell, called La Bouffay done in 1663 and weighing 8 096 Kg. The lantern is decorated with an allegorical round of angels ringing the trumpet.


The altar of the right nave is the only surviving altar of the 17C. The Louis XV-style pulpit is made of solid mahogany and a wrought iron ramp. The stalls date back to the 18C. The master altar, in white marble and gilded wood, was consecrated in 1844. The Sainte-Table, in white marble, is dated 1903.  The original organ, dated 1853, was restored and modified several times since, the last intervention dating from 1979.  The windows of the Choir were destroyed during the bombardment of  WWII, and remade in 1947. There is a nice stained glass window of the Tribune, dated 1872, which represents the triumph of the Cross.


The Holy passage of  Sainte Croix events annex

The official Catholic parish of Notre Dame on the Church Sainte Croix

The city of Nantes on its heritage :

There you go folks, another dandy monument in pretty Nantes, now closer to Bretagne but still in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of the Pays de la Loire in my belle France, And the Sainte Croix Church in Nantes is one small contribution to it. Hope you enjoy the post as I!

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

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