Remarkable religious buildings
Hikers, tourists, pilgrims on the way of the Summer of St. Martin, we invite you to push the door of our churches and religious buildings, proud witnesses of the historical richness of the Touraine.
The Ways of St. Martin
Pilgrimage routes across Europe
This European cultural route traces the story of the rise of the body of St. Martin, Bishop of Tours (316 – 397), from Candes-Saint-Martin to Tours (114 km). There are three trails in Touraine which then extend throughout Europe, to other Martinian landmarks :
- The Way of the Bishop of Tours: Poitiers – Ligugé – Tours
- The Way of Trier Vendôme: Amboise – Tours
- The Way of the Summer of St. Martin: Chinon – Candes-Saint-Martin – Langeais – Tours
A route along the Loire
Many events are held around the celebration days of St. Martin, from November 8th to 11th, including along the banks of the Loire.
“According to the legend, the local inhabitants put the remains of the Saint on a boat and sang throughout the journey along the Loire, particularly in the area of Port of Ablevois and The “White Chapel”, today called La Chapelle-sur-Loire, the bushes on the banks were covered with white flowers.”
So every year, on November 9th, the banks of the Loire are covered with white flowers and the villages along the Loire, such as Chouzé-sur-Loire, the first step on the historic route, welcome the pilgrims.
Langeais, stopover town of the Way of the Summer of St. Martin
Aroung 380, St. Martin himself ordered the construction of a church and a baptistery in the village of Langeais, erecting thus the first rural church in the Touraine. In the tenth century, a basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist was built by Foulques Nerra. Over the centuries, the building went through many transformations making this unusual church a major step for pilgrims of the summer of St. Martin. Do not miss the crypt of the tenth century that lies beneath the apse.
> For more information, please visit the website of the St. Martin of Tours European Cultural Centre.
> Documentation and circuits available in our Tourist Offices.
Here and there along the trails of St Martin within the Bourgueil area
The Way of the Summer of St. Martin traces the rise of the body of St. Martin, from Candes-Saint-Martin to Tours (114 km). The Pays de Bourgueil is crossed by this route in Chouzé-sur-Loire and La Chapelle-sur-Loire. From the trail of the Summer of St. Martin, a 53 km loop now provides access to Continvoir, a town known for its martinien heritage. All along the pathway, on foot, by bike or on horseback, learn about the Loire Valley heritage within the Pays de Bourgueil: winemaking, nature, history and architecture.
> For more information about the trail “Here and there along the trails of St Martin within the Bourgueil area”, please consult our page about hiking.
> Documentation and circuit available in our Tourist Offices..
Our churches and religious buildings
Touraine Nature counts numerous remarkable religious monuments. To visit churches and religious buildings, contact town halls or the following parsonages :
Permanences : Friday from 9.30am to 11.30am. Saturday from 10am to 12pm
Tel. +33 (0)2 47 24 02 18
> Parsonage of Langeais
Permanences : Tuesday from 2.30pm to 5pm.
Tel. +33 0(2) 47 96 81 36
> Parsonage of Bourgueil
Permanences : Tuesday from 10am to 12pm. Saturday from 10am to 12pm.
Tel. +33(0)2 47 97 71 49
- List of the churches of Touraine Nature – Download (PDF|712Ko)