There are a couple of houses on the main street in Saint-Aignan built in the style of the one in the photo below. They date back to the 14th or 15th century. Other buildings, including the church and the nearby ruins of the town's old fortifications, are a lot older.
There are several large maisons bourgeoises along the banks of the Cher River and the river road, as well as along the town's main street and market square. The church and the Renaissance-era château stand above them.
The town faces an island that divides the Cher in two at this spot. The old bridge in the photo below is the only one over the river at Saint-Aignan. Newer bridges cross the Cher a few miles east (at Thésée) and west (at Châtillon-sur-Cher) of the town.
I took the photo below from the town's main market square. The church, built in the 11th and 12th centuries, really dominates the town. The population is only about 3,000. Here's a link to a 2006 post I did about Saint-Aignan. Not much has really changed.
Saint-Aignan sits at the point where three old provinces — Le Berry, La Touraine, and L'Orléanais — come together. The town's biggest attraction these days is the zoo at Beauval, just south of town, with its giant pandas and extensive collection of animals from all around the world.
The light was nice the day these photos were taken. I always enjoy seeing your river.ReplyDelete
It was a beautiful afternoon.Delete
Always enjoy seeing the half timbered buildings. Do you have many in St Aignan?ReplyDelete
There's a relevant picture in this post that you might remember seeing.ReplyDelete
Beautiful. Thanks for reposting!Delete
Your second photo includes the gîte I was renting. It’s the one with the red border around the roofline. It was a former stable for the main house that is now divided in two. The right hand side of the main house was recently sold to a British family from UAE to use as a vacation home.ReplyDelete
I didn't realize that was the gîte. I guess I assumed it was an apartment in the biggger house on the right. Hope you're enjoying the rest of your trip and have a good trip home.Delete