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Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais Church Le Grand Pressigny




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Loire Valley churches - Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais


The Gothic style church of Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais in Le Grand Pressigny has its origins in the 12th century but has been added to and amended over the centuries like so many other ancient places of worship here in the Loire Valley and the rest of the country.



What we see today is a very unusual interior consisting of a not-so-obvious central nave, due to the unusual arched central wall running the length of the church, along with a half-barrel side vault or transept.  



The transept on the left contains a fresco (the lower part in picture) from the 17th century which was re-discovered in 1913. 




The transept (do hope this is correct terminology) to the right has a very ornate alter which you might have expected to see in the central part of the church but it is this detail that makes this little church so interesting.




There is the usual collection of lovely windows to admire and a thing I like here is that as you step inside you trigger off some hymnal music which adds to your experience - others should follow suit.



Where's Joan?.... 



She was to the side of the church along with all the other statues...spring cleaning perhaps?




When you visit the village you should pop in and sample its ambiance.

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"Author: Jim Craig"














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