St. Nicholas Church

Blois, France

Fleeing from the Normans and carrying with them the relics of their founder, St-Laumer, some Benedictine monks found shelter in Blois where they decided to build their abbey. the present church, today known as St. Nicolas, but whose real name is St. Laumer, was the former abbey-church.

From 1138 to 1186 these monks built the choir, the transept and the first row of columns of the abbey-church, completing it at the beginning of the next century. During the War of Religion the church was disfigured and the abbey itself destroyed by the Protestants. In the 17th and 18th centuries abbey was rebuilt, it was turned into a hospital at the time of the Revolution.

The speed with which the church was built and the sole addition of the apse chapel in the 14th century give a surprising unity to the whole. On entering the church, one could imagine that it was worked in the same stone by the same workman, for the same majestic and robust characteristics appear in all the different parts of the church. The elegant form of the choir, the crossbar, the majestic pillars of the transept-cross, the statues of people and masks which are to be found along the entire length of the building, the perspective inside the church, where the horizontal lines dominate the verticals; all this adds up to harmonious ensemble, which places the abbey-church of St. Laumer among the most remarkable examples of French medieval architecture.

However, two different periods of construction - about 20 years between them - have left the building with two different, and very marked, architectural styles. It is from the center of the church that the visitor will be able to notice these characteristics the most easily.

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Rue Saint-Laumer, Blois, France
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Founded: 1138-1186
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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James Robinson (13 months ago)
Beautiful place
Terri Lange (2 years ago)
Fabulously big, not very ornate, under construction, weird modern stain glass windows because the stained glass was blown out by the Nazis in World War II
Lee Kerr (2 years ago)
Very beautiful church and worth a visit when in Blois. It’s well maintained and offers some lovely stained glass windows and a nice walk around the outside.
Jordann Durand (3 years ago)
What calm! What serenity! Unfortunately the facade and the entrance are under construction ... and fortunately! Because this place seems discarded for a long time .... a painting of extraordinary size welcomes us ... but it also in a bad condition, torn and more colors. But I look forward to coming back after the work.
Bemou Ethiopia (4 years ago)
Magnificent
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