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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