The Church of Saint Etienne

This is a XII Century church in the Plantagenet Romanesque style. In the transepts there are beautiful Roman capitals which escaped destruction during the bloody flight of Agrippa d’Aubigné in 1580. The church itself was greatly damaged and was not restored until the XVII Century.

The sanctuary, restored by Louis XIII, has a Jesuit altar. The elegant bell tower and steeple were built in 1860.

The bodies of priests and of lay people are interred beneath the paving stones of the old church at the foot of the side chapels.

 

 




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