The Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin in Guérande !!!

I am bringing back many memorable moments in our life’s travels. The beauty of reliving these trip is worth it. I like to tell you more with new old pictures found on the Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin in Guérande !!!

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The wonderful fortified town of Guérande, in old Bretagne, now Loire-Atlantique dept 44 of the Pays de la Loire region.  The town and things to see has been written several times in my blog and it is worth visiting as a whole.  A wonderful place to visit while in town or nearby will be the church. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin is located in the heart of the city, bordered by squares. Archeology attests to burials around the building, as a cemetery once extended to the north. The church adopts an elongated plan with an ambulatory choir. The whole is built of granite stone under a slate roof with long sides. The south wall is marked by a flamboyant Gothic style porch restored in 1884. To the south, an exterior pulpit served by a spiral staircase holds the attention. Only a few comparable examples are known from the 15C in Brittany. The west portal with a trumeau is surmounted by a large tracery window ending in a triangular gable. A corbelled turret forming a campanile surmounts the facade bristling with polygonal stone spiers.

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Inside, the 5 bay nave is flanked by side aisles. A transept separates the nave from the choir. The latter, 5 bays long, ends with a canted bedside. An ambulatory opens onto several chapels and a crypt or lower chapel. Large arcades separate the nave from the side aisles. They rest on an alternation of large cylindrical piles and pillars made up of eight small columns. The twenty-two historiated scenes that make up the decoration of the capitals of the nave are spread over the last three northern pillars The choir, 27 meters long. has an ambulatory distributing several chapels ,The crypt or lower chapel, against the arm of the transept, adopts a rectangular plan. It is covered with vaults with four quarters radiating around a central pillar.

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In the 16C, installation of the stained glass windows of Saint Aubin and Saint Julien, then in the 17C, installation of the large stained glass window of the Coronation of the Virgin, in the center of the apse and finally, the furniture of the church: stalls, altars, rood screen (removed in 1804, and entered the National Museum of the Middle Ages, Paris) and since its central door is deposited in the Museum of the Porte Saint-Michel, and development of the Sacristy.

The city of Guérande on its heritage:https://www.ville-guerande.fr/pratique-vos-demarches/tourisme-et-decouvertes/visiter-la-cite-medievale/cite-medievale

The La Baule-Guérande tourist office on the Church : https://www.labaule-guerande.com/visite-collegiale-saint-aubin-guerande.html

There you go folks,another jewel of my belle France of course. Where else we can keep so much treasury for the world to see even after devastating wars from 1789 onwards! France a moveable feast ! Come to see the Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin and enjoy the fortified town of Guérande !!!

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

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