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Notre-Dame-de-Recouvrance in Orléans and the recovered sailors

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Parish church Notre-Dame-de-Recouvrance church in Orléans

I'm now in a little street leading to the river Loire: here's Notre-Dame-de-Recouvrance ("Our-Lady-of-Recovering") of Orléans.

This church was raised on the foundations of an old chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, right up against city's second medieval wall.

The architect, Jean Maynier, finished the church within 7 years, in 1519.

As many buildings from Orléans and Loiret region, the church suffered from wars of religion, so we have many disparate elements: chevet's stained-glass (16th century), restored vaults (17th century), central nave's portal rebuilt in the 17th century, in the reign of king Louis XIII...

By the way... Do you know where does the name recouvrance ("recovering") come from? From mariners' wives.

They often came here in order to thank the Virgin, because she recovered their husbands from water, after their journeys by sea!

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