Candes-Saint-Martin, on the border of the Roman civitates of Turons, Andécaves and Pictons, is one of the first rural parishes founded by Bishop Martin of Tours in the last quarter of the 4th century. This strategic location undoubtedly influenced Martin’s decision to build a church on this site which had been inhabited since the Early Empire3.
The Saint-Martin de Candes collegiate church is a former collegiate church located in Candes-Saint-Martin in the west of the French department of Indre-et-Loire, in the Center-Val de Loire region.
Magnificent stained glass windows, superb Gothic architecture for this abbey founded by Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, and original and remarkably preserved polychrome statues. A visit not to be missed, in the middle of a charming little village also preserved from the great tourist flows.
Recommended duration 30 mins and more
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Le château de Candes & Spa
Magnificent castle in the Loire Valley, with breathtaking views of the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne and the collegiate church of Saint-Martin de Candes.