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
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.
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.