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Picture Postcard from…. Trinity Abbey, Vendôme

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The abbey of the Trinity was founded in 1033 by Geoffroy Martel, Count of Vendôme.

Legend has it that the count and his wife one night saw three shooting stars fall so, having sought advice from the Bishop of Chartres, the count founded the abbey dedicated to the Holy Trinity that the three stars were said to symbolise, placing the altar on the very spot where they had fallen.

The abbey has many Romanesque features, including the 80 metre high bell tower, while the western façade is a truly beautiful example of Flamboyant Gothic architecture. Inside there are many stunning features, not least the Romanesque stained-glass window of Our Lady, in the Holy Sacrament Chapel, which dates back to 1125.

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