Aube, Grand Est
Golden dawn light illuminates the imposing facade of the church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens, a remarkable vehicle for light in the heart of this charming small town. Inside, it seems
to awaken and enliven the religious structure’s sixteen stained-glass windows, some
of France’s rarest and most exceptional examples of iconography.
© Olivier GOBERT, Département de l’Aube. Studio OG
Strolling along its medieval alleys, this small town of character reveals a succession of architectural treasures, testimonies to its rich past: the 14th-century church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens featuring gothic and Renaissance architecture, a major structure of the Champagne-Ardenne region, the chapel of Saint-Aubin, Saint Nicolas’s gate, or the circular hall, dating from the early 19th century. But in Ervy-le-Châtel, the art of stained-glass windows has a particular importance. Historically located on the edges of Champagne and Burgundy, the town was at the crossroads of ideas and peoples shortly after the end of the Hundred Year War. A new aesthetic from Italy was spreading across the land. All the stained-glass windows in the church of Saint-Pierre-ès-liens, with exceptionally rich iconography, is highly representative of the early 16th-century Italian influence. To understand Ervy-le-Châtel’s role in the art of stained glass, the Maison du Vitrail in Armance offers an immersive and interactive immersive experience where visitors can discover, imagine, and discuss this art form. Between heritage and digital innovation, Ervy-le-Châtel holds many a surprise for its visitors!