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Church Saint-Victor: photo, description Eglise Saint-Victor de Saint-Victor-sur-Loire)

Church Saint-Victor is located in the same district of a large city on the Loire river, Saint-Etienne. The district of Saint-Victor is located 15 kilometres North-West of the city and is an almost fully preserved medieval village. She is also part of the natural regional Park of the Saint Etienne Loire Valley. Like the castle of Saint Victor, a Church located on top of a hill overlooking the river Loire.

Church Saint-Victor, built in the XI century and, despite extensive restoration work completed in the XVI and XIX centuries, has retained its original appearance. The first mention of it dates back to 1097. The Church is made of Carboniferous Sandstone. It combines elements of Romanesque and Gothic styles, and earlier. Particularly remarkable are the capitals of the columns on which are carved primitive images of people and extraordinary animals. Also worth noting is the main portal of the Cathedral, a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic.

The temple consists of one nave and several aisles with low vaulted ceilings. The interior of the Cathedral is heterogeneous - more vintage elements intertwined with modern stained glass. The main altar belongs to the Baroque era and is made of wood. Sculptural group decorating the Church, made in the XIX century. The main body was finished in 1977, but their appearance reminds of the old organs of the XVII century. In terms of the interior it is also worth noting choirs and a small chapel of the Church.

In 1980, the Church Saint-Victor and its medieval bell tower were declared monuments of history and culture of France. From that moment they are under protection of the state.