St. Aignan Church

Chartres, France

Saint Aignan Church was originally built around year 400, in the era of pre-Romanesque, by the bishop of Chartres - later his name has given as the name of the church. The church is considered as the most ancient parishes in Chartres. In its history, the church has suffered from several times fire in 12th, 13th and in the early 16th century. Most of the church was rebuilt after the latest misfortune in the 16th century.

The main portal in the center of the front facade was the only part of the church that preserved for the new church. The church also suffered several times of change function during the French Revolution - it was once served as a military hospital, then once became a prison and even as a fodder shop. It finally returned as a worship place in 1822.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in France


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Fazedah Nasution (11 months ago)
Hidden gem in Chartres. It's more interesting than the cathedral because you can see close the beautiful stained glass windows. This makes the long ride to the city a bit worthed. Need restoration work.
Taku KURIBAYASHI (2 years ago)
I loved this place, perhaps more than the cathedral
Jakub (2 years ago)
Beautiful church and Traditional Latin Mass. Photos taken on Pentecost Sunday AD 2022
Linh Nguyen (3 years ago)
Pitty that i came here on a day it closes. But i love the ancien look of it from the outside. Really look like from a movie ?☀️
Philippe Bun (3 years ago)
Hidden gem, few blocks away from the main cathedral. Very interesting architectural design. Colorful stained glasses. Come early in the morning to enjoy the peaceful scenery.
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