A World Heritage Site and the cradle of the French Renaissance mark this intriguing region. Lodging at the Sanctuaire… only $15

Written by eileen on May 2nd, 2010

The monastery's site has been a place of pilgrimage since1877.

The Sanctuaire is positioned in a small village in the hilly countryside separating the basins of the rivers Indre and Cher. The town preserves a handsome 12th century Romanesque church and several ancient chateaux.

The town of Bourges is a short distance away. At the geographical heart of France, the Gallo-Roman town retains ancient walls and rich historical foundation. The past is evident in the maze of paved stone streets, medieval and Renaissance architecture and vestiges of ancient ramparts. The city is also home to the extraordinary French Gothic masterpiece, the Cathedral of St-Etienne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A handsome edifice it is replete with five sculpted portals on the west façade while the interior features a soaring nave, an unbroken line of columns and medieval stained glass windows.

Also near the sanctuary is Tours, chief town of the Loire valley. The original home of the French language, the capital is rich with history and a well-preserved heritage. It was in Tours in 732 that Charles Martel halted the Moorish conquest of Europe. Martel’s halt of the invasion turned the tide of Islamic advances. Tours was also the cradle of the first French Renaissance. In the atmospheric old quarter, around the pedestrianized place Plumereau

, the medieval lanes are fronted by an array of 12th to 15th century half-timbered houses, stairway towers, bustling cafes, boutiques and galleries.

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