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May 11, 2023

The Church Saint Nicolas of Blois !!!

Once again, in my search ever ending past time at home , I found me older pictures not in my blog and they should, It is great joy to look over these pictures and remember happier times in my life on my previoius travels; all bringing back great lovely memories of my family. This time I bring you back to royal and lovely Blois and one of its emblematic monument, the Church Saint Nicolas of Blois !!! Hope you enjoy it as I

I like to bring you to an area of much fanfare and visits very popular and one of its most emblematic castle. Oh did I say castle, well that was another post. The city of Blois is loaded with goodies to see and do, and I like to bring you more of the Church Saint Nicolas of Blois. The church is located is located ,of course in Blois, and the department of Loir-et-Cher no 41 ,in the Centre-Val de Loire region of my belle France.


The Saint-Nicolas-Saint-Laumer Church was originally the abbey church of a monastery built in the 12C. It takes the name of the founder of this abbey, Saint Laumer. Its construction began in the 12C. The choir, the transept and the first span of the nave are built from 1138 to 1186. The Church is finished at the beginning of the 13C. The church is in the Middle Ages an important place of pilgrimage. It is indeed home to several relics: Saint Lubin, Saint Laumer, Holy Mary the Egyptian and a fragment of the Cross of Christ. A small anecdote here: Jeanne d’Arc or  Joan of Arc spent a few days in Blois, at the end of April 1429, before the royal army left to rescue Orléans, which was under siege. She had her flag blessed there, in Saint-Sauveur, the former church of the Château de Blois which no longer exists and which was located next to the current Maison de la Magique.


The Church Saint-Nicolas has a long story as the oldest church in old Blois. The story goes that fleeing the Vikings, Benedictine monks from the monastery of Corbion in Perche, former province of the kingdom of France ,while the French revolution, the province of Perche was cutoff into parts for the dept of the Eure-et-Loir, Orne, and a small section for the dept of Eure found refuge in Blois in 924. In the 12C, they built a monastery there. Their abbey church will be the Saint-Laumer Church, the name of the founder of their first monastery. And, from this founder, they took away the relics. The true appellation of Saint-Nicolas is therefore Saint-Laumer.However, popular call today Church Saint Nicolas, The story continues that from 1138 to 1186, the first part of Saint-Laumer was built: choir, transept and first bay of the nave. The rest is completed at the beginning of the following century. With the Wars of Religion, the church was damaged by the Protestants and the abbey destroyed. The latter was rebuilt in the 17-18C. During the French revolution, Saint-Laumer became the Hôtel-Dieu or hospital.


We enjoye the visits to the Church of Saint Nicolas. It is very vast and impressive; the church is  Roman in architecture with three levels of elevation, Inside it has huge transepts with beautiful chapels and  contemporary stained glass windows showing a brilliant light in yellow and blue proper for the meditation The church thanks to the foundation of Stéphane Bern in France is undergoing a huge renovation project started in 2020 and should last until 2025.

The City of Blois on the Church Saint Nicolas

The Blois Chambord tourist office on the Church Saint Nicolas of Blois:

The Loire Valley regional tourist office on the Church Saint Nicolas of Blois:

There you go folks, a dandy really, worth the detour in pretty Blois, The Church Saint Nicolas, one of the best religious monuments in Blois, me think. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

May 11, 2023

The Church Saint Nicolas of Chaumont sur Loire !

Let me tell you a bit more of the Church Saint Nicolas of Chaumont sur Loire, on the banks of the Loire river in the region of Centre Val de Loire ,dept 41 of the Loir et Cher, 17 km from Blois, I have written before but again found me some older pictures not in my blog that they should, Therefore, here is more on the church ; hope you enjoy it as I.

The Church of Saint Nicolas is dedicated formally to Saint Nicolas and Sainte Eugénie de Rilly.. The bell tower is square and high enough to see it from far, once Inside if have time, we didn’t there is a nave with three transepts, alongside several chapels and great light with the stained glass windows. There is a statue of Saint Nicolas, Saint Martin, Sainte Catherine, and a pieta from a now gone nearby church. You will be able to see other statues and work of arts as paintings from the 19C.


It is built in the last quarter of the 19C a little away from the village, and is easily identifiable by its large forecourt, leading to the few steps of the entrance and two busts carved on both sides, and its porch. It is dedicated to Saint Nicolas and Saint Eugénie de Rilly. Its square porch tower stands proudly above the entrance and, relatively slender, is seen from afar. At your entry into the church, you distinguish a nave with three bays, lined with side chapels, lit by large openings adorned with stained glass windows. The church unveils in particular a beautiful statuary, including a statue of Saint Nicolas, another of Saint Martin, one of Saint Catherine, and finally a remarkable Pieta coming from a disused chapel nearby.  The current Church of Saint-Nicolas , was built in 1883 with its presbytery on the former island of Tranchepied between the village of Chaumont and the village of Saint-Martin. The majority of the church’s windows are closed by antique glass windows connected with lead.  Two circular windows on each side of the porch tower represent the baptism of Clovis, above the baptismal font, and the burial of Christ. They seem to date from the end of the 19C, from the period of construction of the church.


Saint Nicolas, patron saint of the parish, because of the Loire, is the patron saint of seamen, and children. He is represented in a bishop’s dress, dressed in a chasuble covering the dalmatic and dawn, wearing the miter. At his feet a child is presented in the salt. St. Martin, bishop of Tours, evangelizer of many  campaigns, is represented in the habit of bishop, wearing a miter. He carries a butt in his left hand while his right hand is blessing. This wooden statue would come from the church prior of St Martin. Then, St. Catherine, martyr, patron saint of students among others, is presented standing. She wears the toga, a crown on her head and holds with one hand the open book and the other with the sword that decapitated her. The Pieta or Virgin of Mercy would come from the chapel of Herpinière, hidden during the French revolution in a mulch not to be destroyed. She is made of stone. This suffering Mother can be consoling mothers in pain.

Chaumont sur Loire-ch-st-nicolas-arriving-dec15

Other statues are present in the church as St. Vincent, St Anthony of Padua, St. Joan of Arc, St Michael, Jean Marie Vianney or Cure of Ars, St. Philomena, St. Therese of Lisieux, the Virgin Mary, the Sacred Heart, … There are portraits such as the one representing the Holy Family, offered to the parish in 1852 by the State and Christ offered by the family of Korewo are beautiful. The tomb of the abbot Pilon, priest of Chaumont during the construction of the church, is present in the southern chapel and carries an epitaph.

The Parish of Chaumont sur Loire on the Church Saint Nicolas :

The town of Chaumont sur Loire on how to get there

There you go folks, a nice Church Saint Nicolas, in pretty Chaumont sur Loire with a castle over the Loire (see post) a short walking distance away, can’t ask for more, worth a detour me think, Again, hope you have enjoy the post as I

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

May 11, 2023

The stairs in rue Denis Papin of Blois !

This is very obvious but because folks hurry up to see the castle it can be considered for me in any case as an off the beaten path thing to see in lovely Blois. You know Blois is in the department 41,  Loir et Cher of the Centre-Val de Loire region of my belle France. Hope you enjoy the post as I

On this post will tell you a bit more on a curiosity in Blois that if you do walking in towns to really see the feel of daily life and get to know places like this one then it should be a must to see. The rue Denis Papin and its wonderful or stairs.  The story goes that since the 19C, the escalier rue Denis-Papin stairs has linked the upper town and the lower town. At the end of 120 steps, interrupted by four landings, the perspective in good weather can extend over 10 km, leading to the  Pont Jacques Gabriel bridge, spanning the Loire river, and beyond to Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt. The Denis-Papin stairs is a monumental stairs in stone, and the perspective offered from the Jacques Gabriel bridge crossing the Loire is remarkable.


On the highest landing, a statue represents Denis Papin , sculpted by Aimé Millet and inaugurated in 1880, even if later renovations were done that came out not the same as the original idea. It pays tribute to the inventor Denis Papin of Blois, who notably imagined the steam engine and whose street below bears his name.  Since 2013, the steps of the stairs of rue Denis Papin are regularly dressed in giant visuals echoing the news of Blois. This design, which is highly anticipated each year, allows art to take over public space, energizes the city center, promotes awareness of the city’s cultural highlights, encourages participation and increases the reputation of the city of an original and fun way.

I was not in town but in year 2019 marked both the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, the 500th anniversary of the birth of Catherine de Medici and the 500th anniversary of the start of construction of the Château de Chambord  were celebrated. To celebrate these anniversaries, the steps of the Denis-Papin stairs were completely covered with the famous Mona Lisa painting, from April to October 2019 !! Awesome

The city of Blois on the stair of rue Denis Papin:

There you go folks, another nice walking experience in lovely Blois,worth the detour me think for the whole family or a romantic walk indeed. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

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

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