Saint-Cyr Church

Issoudun, France

Commenced in the 15th century and completed in the 19th, the Gothic church has a magnificent stained-glass window from the 15th Century, representing the life of Saint Cyr and his mother, Juliette; a painting by Jean Boucher (1575-1651) above the large portico; as well as six superb candelabra given by Louis XIV to the town and listed as an historic monument.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in France

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www.issoudun.fr

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jean-Yves et Nicole GUILLOT (5 months ago)
Très belle messe de Noël
Gennael Lechar (5 months ago)
Très beau monument
Chabot Praxède (5 months ago)
Notre église
Ghislain Henry (5 months ago)
Dommage que ce passage soit pour un enterrement
Sigismond Le Pahin (14 months ago)
Belle église. Lieu de culte très intéréssant
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