Discovering Saint-Nazaire church in Azay-le-Ferron

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Saint-Nazaire church in Azay-le-Ferron Parish church

A nice mix

In front of the castle of Azay-le-Ferron, on the little square, here’s the church dedicated to saint Nazaire. Yes, we have a Romanesque church (13th c.) even if the façade was restored in the beginning of the 20th century by architect Henry Dauvergne.

Only the portal with its sculpted capitals are Romanesque. Inside, the place seems so small. But we immediately notice the choir: err, not really Romanesque, this one! Yes... we have here a Gothic choir (Plantagenet style, from Anjou).

Add to this modillions in the nave that look like the one in the cathedral of Angers, and you’ll get a nice mix between influences from Anjou and the style from Berry...

Galliffet, pray for us!

We still can see on walls a funerary painting (litre funéraire in French) of the Galliffet family, lords of Azay-le-Ferron in the 18th c. What’s this painting? Well, when the lord died, they painted in the church a kind of border with his coat of arms, to honour his memory.

Barbe and her pagan daddy

We have also some gorgeous statues, like this little sainte Barbe (″Barbara″), represent with her 3 windows’ tower! The Christian tradition said that Barbara, who lived in the 3th c., was locked in a tower by his pagan daddy, in order to protect her from the Christians!

But, hard luck, after a quick absence, the dad discovered his daughter converted to Catholicism... He put her on trial and killed her. Then, he was struck by a lightning and reduced to a little dust pile...

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