Collegiate Church of St. Aignan

Orléans, France

One of the most frequently altered churches in the Loire Valley, St-Aignan was consecrated in 1509 in the form you see today. It possesses one of France's earliest vaulted hall crypts, complete with polychromed capitals. Scholars of pre-Romanesque art view the place with interest; its 10th- and 11th-century aesthetics are rare. Aboveground, the church's Renaissance-era choir and transept remain, but the Protestants burned the nave during the Wars of Religion.

In a wood-carved shrine are the remains of the church's patron saint Aignan, or Agnan(358-453). He was the Bishop of Orléans, who assisted Roman general Flavius Aetius in the defense of the city against Attila the Hun in 451.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Andalie Charrier (12 months ago)
Reservation made on the Tourist Office website (online therefore) Theatrical visit, by electric candle (to avoid any incidents) the gentleman told us the whole history of the collegiate church as well as its crypt from the Middle Ages to now. Very interesting and instructive and above all unusual! Which will please both children and adults.
Lara Baker (2 years ago)
Incredibly beautiful collegiate church, which, unfortunately, was half destroyed during the Huguenot wars. The relics of Saint Enyan, a local saint who saved Orleans from the invasion of the Huns led by Attila, are kept here. Some of the stained-glass windows were irretrievably lost during the Second World War, but the rest of the church miraculously did not suffer. You should definitely go here, but the church is not always open to the public
Gilles Vaillant (2 years ago)
Great guide for an informative visit Thank you Yves for this good time
Marie France SALMON (2 years ago)
Guided tour in dramatized form. Fascinating...impressive historic site. To make this visit, contact the tourist office for a reservation. Too bad the church can't be visited
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