Town, village, neighbourhood in Saint-Bohaire
Saint-Claude-de-Diray is a charming village on the banks of the Loire, at the north-western end of the Communauté de Communes du Grand Chambord territory. It comprises two main parts, one in the river's floodplain and entirely cultivated, the other on the hillsides, inhabited and covered with multi-annual crops (vines, yams....etc). Saint-Claude's agricultural past has left an architectural heritage that bears witness to the village's activity.
Indeed, the proximity of the Loire and the...Saint-Claude-de-Diray is a charming village on the banks of the Loire, at the north-western end of the Communauté de Communes du Grand Chambord territory. It comprises two main parts, one in the river's floodplain and entirely cultivated, the other on the hillsides, inhabited and covered with multi-annual crops (vines, yams....etc). Saint-Claude's agricultural past has left an architectural heritage that bears witness to the village's activity.
Indeed, the proximity of the Loire and the quality of the soil have enabled the development of a wide range of crops. Tobacco was a very important activity until the late 1970s, and you'll still find many wooden tobacco drying sheds along the footpaths that allow pedestrians to cross the village without encountering cars. Asparagus, yams and a wide variety of market garden produce continue to maintain Saint-Claude-de-Diray's reputation for quality.
Based in the Cheverny AOC, wine producers perpetuate the village's tradition of agricultural production.
This tradition is highlighted by a number of highlights in local life, including the yam fair in spring and the harvest festival in August.
This strong agricultural orientation has left an architectural heritage of farmhouses, barns and wine presses, in addition to the tobacco drying sheds that can be discovered at the crossroads, often surrounded by the high walls characteristic of the village. The many round stone wells in public and private places punctuate your walk, from Morest to Nozieux, passing through the village center and the Aubergeon district.
The various views of the Loire, with the Château de Ménars in the background, are a further visual highlight of your stroll along the banks of the Unesco World Heritage Site.
Last but not least, the many sports and cultural associations (cycling, soccer, hiking, reading, theater, music....etc) testify to the town's dynamism.
Saint-Claude-de-Diray is located halfway between Blois and Chambord, on a route of the Loire à Vélo, 10 minutes from the Blois freeway exit. It's an ideal place to relax for anyone wishing to spend a few days on the banks of this majestic river, visiting the châteaux and enjoying the gentle lifestyle of a farming village. A number of gîtes will welcom
Bordered to the east by the Cisse, to the north by the Cisse Landaise, and crossed from east to west by the Fontaine stream, the commune of Saint Bohaire stretches across a large plateau cut by lush green valleys.
The Cisse River meanders through numerous marshy valleys. Its slopes are sometimes steep, as at Sudon, where the Cisse meets the Cisse Landaise.
The Cisse, a tributary of the Loire, is 81 km long and has a catchment area of 1,295 km2. The Cisse rises in the Marchenoir watershed, a few kilometers southwest of Pontijou.
Its name is said to have 2 origins: the best-known comes from the Latin "l'osier" ("wicker"), the second from the surrounding plains which, many centuries ago, belonged to the monastic state of Citeaux, known as the Cistercian order. The word "Ciss" is said to derive from the word "Sixtre", which may be a contraction of "Cistercien".
Saint Bohaire has a washhouse built in the village on the ruisseau de la Fontaine, and a second washhouse in the hamlet of Russy. Saint Bohaire has a number of old mills: Moulin du Bourg, Moulin de Sudon, Moulin de Bouqueuil.
Saint Bohaire (Latin Beharius, Botharius, Boharius) owes its name to a saintly figure who came to this place at the end of the 6th century to lead a hermit's life. After becoming chaplain to Clotaire II and bishop of Chartres, he was buried near the church he had founded, where his relics were preserved. In the 12th century, the church belonged to Pontlevoy Abbey, which in 1162 transferred it to the Canons Regular of Bourg-Moyen de Blois.
The church of Saint Bohaire was listed on the supplementary inventory of historic monuments on January 6, 1926 and classified as a historic monument on November 6, 1995.
The shrine was listed as a historic monument on February 29, 1904.
The mural paintings on the east wall and in the south absidiole have been listed since May 12, 1960.
The present-day church comprises a nave, a transept surmounted by a central belfry, with cross aisles flanked by apsidioles, and a heart ending in a semicircular apse. The old parts of the nave were built at the beginning of the century, i.e. at the time of the Pontlevoy Benedictines. The central western portal is framed by a torus falling on two columns with roughly carved capitals, and is embellished by a stringcourse decorated with a faintly visible interlacing motif.
The rest of the building, which is strongly offset from the nave, dates from the late 12th and early 13th centuries, and was probably begun after the abbey of Bourg Moyen took possession. The square of the transept is covered by a ribbed vault, with the profiled branches of a stringcourse between 2 toroids, and framed by four tiers-point arcades with double These fall on sturdy stepped piers flanked by fine-style columns, reminiscent of those at Saint Lomer de Blois.
Most of the capitals are decorated with acanthus leaves, some with bird heads and small figures. The choir is covered by a ribbed vault falling on the corner columns and lit by two third-point windows edged with hollow beads and sawtooth. The apse is cross-vaulted, with three windows in the center.
e you, and the village center's shopkeepers will cater to your daily needs. It's also a very pleasant place to live, combining the tranquility of a small village with the dynamism of Blois' suburban communities.
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