CHURCH OF FRESNAY EN RETZ

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Presentation

Witness of local history, the church of Fresnay en Retz was rebuilt in 1801, after in 1794, the old church was destroyed by Republican troops.
Historical traces show that a place of worship was already present in the Middle Ages, on the site of the current building.

A wall dedication written in thanks to Henri de Batelard and his wife Claude, from the de La Salle family, (cf. Château de la Salle located nearby), founders of the old church in 1684, is still visible to visitors nowadays. 

At the time of the revolution, the parish priest had a strong influence on the inhabitants of Fresnay. Also, one fears an opposition at the time of the confiscation of ecclesiastical property and the civil constitution of the clergy. Thus, in 1791 the directory ordered reprisals, which led to the radicalization of the inhabitants. This will lead to the demolition of the building by Republican troops three years later.

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the current building is small and sober. The black marble altar dates from 1717, and comes from the church of Bourgneuf. The altarpiece is decorated with Corinthian columns of black marble. We notice the statues of Saint Bartholomew and Saint Sebastian.

A guided tour of the building is possible during Heritage Days in September.
Opening day(s)

All year long 2020

Every day

09:00 to 18:00

Information
  • PERIOD OF SITE OR HISTORIC MONUMENT :
    • 18th century
    • 19th century
  • RELIGIOUS HERITAGE :
    • Church
  • VISITS :
    • Individual admission (without guide)
    • Group admission (without guide)
  • PETS :
    • Pets not allowed
  • ACESSIBILITY :
    • Accessible for mobility impaired persons
    • Accessible with help
  • Geographical zone :
    • Villeneuve-en-retz

Map

FICHE_INFO_SIMPLE_LIBELLE_DESTINATION
EGLISE NOTRE DAME DE FRESNAY EN RETZ
Rue de Retz
Fresnay-en-Retz
44580
VILLENEUVE EN RETZ
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 47.02560
Longitude : -1.87751
Contact details
CHURCH OF FRESNAY EN RETZ
Rue de Retz
Fresnay-en-Retz
44580
VILLENEUVE EN RETZ
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Phone : +33 2 40 21 41 32
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