31 March 2023

L'église Saint-Symphorien d'Azay le Rideau

After lunch on that day in March 2017, we took a little tour of the church in Azay-le-Rideau, l'eglise Saint-Symphorien. There's been a church on this site since the 6th century. It was restored by the monks of the Abbaye de Cormery in the 11th century, and then enlarged in the 12th. It was further modified in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The old stained-glass windows in the church were destroyed during the Second World War. They were replaced in 1955 with modern windows under the direction of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts working with the artist and master-glazier Max Ingrand.


  1. I just love the 'rat' overflow. If that is what it is, I could have it by my front door where the gas boiler has an outlet. Very stylish.

  2. I'm enjoying these photos of Azay le Rideau, yesterday and today. I had expected to go there in 2017, too, but we just couldn't fit it in.

  3. I like those modern stained glass windows. It's a mystery to me why and how art changes- people want new and different, but artists back in time probably didn't see many works of art.

    1. Just like you, Evelyn, I like modern stained glass windows. My favorite here is the one on the right. Mostly for the composition. The other one is a little too busy to my taste.
      I think it takes one artist to try a new way to just begin a new trend especially if he/she has followers.
      Ken is a master in photographing stained glass windows.


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