2009 Athens to Amsterdam travel blog

church of La Trinité


remnants of the chateau


near montoire

After a promising start to the day the clouds began to roll in. We went into the old part of town which is domintated by the church of La Trinité (12th-15th C.), with a richly decorated facade. The church has beautiful stained glass and 15th- 16th C. choir-stalls.

There is also a relic of a Renaissance church which was pulled down in 1857 and also the Chapelle du Lycée (1452). The buildings of the former abbey now house the Municipal Museum.

We then climbed the hill overlooking the town. Located here are the remnants of the castle of the counts of Vendôme, from the 13-15th century. The hill also gives a great view of the town. It started to rain while we were up here but we had our umbrellas and headed back for a walk around town.

We then decide to drive to nearby Montoire. Montoire-sur-le-Loir is known as the location where, on 24 October 1940, the famous handshake between Adolf Hitler and Maréchal Pétain took place signifying the start of organised French collaboration with the Nazi regime.

But Montoire's history goes back a lot further and is at the centre of a region inhabited since prehistoric times. From the 11th century Romanesque churches were built, many of which survive in some form today.

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