Notre-Dame-des-Ardilliers Church

Saumur, France

Located on the banks of the Loire, the former royal chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Ardilliers was built in the middle of the 16th century before undergoing major transformations in the 17th century, when it became one of the most important pilgrimage sanctuaries in the country.

With its Italian-inspired architecture, it seduces with its impressive dome nearly thirty meters high. Today, this religious building initiated by Cardinal Richelieu, King Louis XIII and Queen Marie de Médicis, also has inside a statue of the miraculous Virgin Mary still venerated, an elegant Mannerist high altar or a Presentation. at the Temple of Philippe de Champaigne. Next to him stood the House of the Oratorians.



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Founded: 1534
Category: Religious sites in France

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Peer Kristijan (2 years ago)
It is a very fine church. It has columns of the highest order, ceramic flooring, painted windows, high ceilings, a rotunda with a decorated dome, vaults, and carved lattices, walls, window frames, painting frames, and statues. It is very elegant with it's excellent proportions.
Marly (2 years ago)
Yori Schell (5 years ago)
This is a must see! Especially the inside of the church is very impressive!
A Schofield (5 years ago)
Beautiful old church next to chateau
Mohammed Abdelgadir (6 years ago)
Beautiful place
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