Notre-Dame church in Mehun-sur-Yèvre: Paschal Lamb and Maid of Orléans

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Notre-Dame church in Mehun-sur-Yèvre Collegiate church Joan of Arc

Interlacing and horseshoe

The first mention of the church dates back to 1069, but we probably found an older one, before that… History didn’t spare it: plundering by Protestants in 1562, a violent fire in 1910 which destroyed the nave and the high parts…

Nevertheless, the collegiate has many particularities, like the absence of transept, the Romanesque ambulatory and the choir with a horseshoe shape!

The church probably dates back to the 11th c., but the tower-bell is more recent. Did you see it, this big massive tower, overlooking the quiet river? Come on, let’s go: we can see a big Easter lamb (13th c.): the creature is in a Greek cross, with branches decorating with nice interlacing…

Joan of Arc in Mehun

Except a painting by Jean Boucher (17th c.), do you see what I see? Oh, well, it’s not really a masterpiece, but a very colourful painting, pretty picturesque: the work of Eugène Grandin, made in 1886, where we can see Joan of Arc in Mehun. The Maid, came to pray in an oratory dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in front of our collegiate.

In the background, did you recognize it? Yes, the castle of Mehun, like the architect Darcy drew it in the 19th c.! Grandin’s painting (style Troubadour) was damaged during the 1910 fire. So, they recut it in order to put it at its actual place.

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