We've been planning to visit La Celle St Avant for while having heard that there were frescos in the 12th century church. However, we wanted a reasonable day, not one of those seemingly endless murky grey days we've been having.
So taking advantage of the emerging sun we sallied forth armed with the camera. Alas for the best laid plans. The church at La Celle St Avant was locked.
We saw a sign along a C road -- little roads always interest us -- to a village called Marcé-sur-Esves, which looked to be vaguely in the direction of home. Marcé turned out to have a lovely 11/12th century little church with a porch. We decided to see if it was open, which it was, and we were given a little treat. Inside instead of the usual, and to our eyes, often poorly executed 19th century stained glass we found very modern windows ablaze with colour from the sun shining in.
The beautiful stained glass windows were designed in 2003 by one Norbet Pagé, who was born in Marcé-sur-Esves but now lives/works in Azay-sur-Cher.
|church at the end of the 19th C|
Dedicated to St Martin -- he's everywhere in the Touraine -- the church sports one of the little pewter 'footprints' which shows it is on one of the St Martin trails; long distance walking routes which run from Poitiers to Tours which we've written about before here.