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“A Special Place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of St Gilles Chapel

St Gilles Chapel
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Special Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

With all the majestic churches in France to find and visit this small Chapel was a real surprise. We got the keys from the local cafe for 3€ and unlocked the doors and had it all to ourselves. Beautiful and serene.

Visited July 2014
Thank John F
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English first
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Important Medieval Murals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

Built by Benedictine monks in the 11th century, the poet Pierre de ronsard was Prior here from 1566 until his deathin 1585. The representation of Christ in Majesty in a double mandorla, surrounded by angels is the best preserved of the murals, and is thought to date from c. 1180.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank cantorion
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83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Extraordinary XIIth Romanesque Chapel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

Privately owned, this jewel of a Romanesque chapel dates back to the XIIth century. Located in the picturesque town of Montoire, with a splendid farmers' market every Saturday, the keys to this chapel can be obtained for 3 euros per person at the Tourist office, and if this is closed, at the Café de la Paix. Then cross the bridge over the Loir, and turn right past a pure Renaissance house with the "billiard chimney" down a narrow alley leading up to the massive oak doors of the chapel yard. Renaissance court poet, Pierre de Ronsard, was prieur here in the XVIth century. But this chapel dates back to the times of WIlliam the Conqueror, and seeing one of the frescoes of a knight in armour, confirms this dating, as it is very similar to the Bayeux tapestry. In this chapel, even in July or August, you will be alone to the world, and it will be a very spiritual moment. The fresco of Christ Pancreator is worthy of many precious Byzantine chapels

Visited September 2011
1 Thank Lorka
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89 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful frescos.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

To be given a key and allowed to wander at leisure in any place is a great honour, but in a place where the frescos are as old is surprising to say the least. Well worth a look and the 3.50 wont break the bank

Thank DannyDublin24
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