"St. Aignan" Saint-Aignan by Beausoleil

Saint-Aignan Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 8 photos

Lovely old collegiate church of St. Aignan

Be sure to visit the crypt of this church. The frescoes are amazingly well preserved and they are lighted well too.

Afterwards, climb the steps up to the chateau (closed to the public) and enjoy the amazing views of the river Cher and surrounding town and countryside from the chateau terrace (open to the public).

Chateau at St. Aignan

The chateau is privately owned and not open to the public. However, you can walk through the terrace and enjoy the view over the town and the river. If you go through the walls and down the road, the Tourist Office is on your left. They have walking maps of the town and it is worth a half day to visit the lovely old town.

Typical street scene

St. Aignan is a very old town on the river Cher and it is fun to wander the streets. There are a lot of half-timbered buildings, antique stores, restaurants and all the stores you'd expect in a very vibrant living village.

There are boats along the river for tours in season. We ate in an excellent restaurant called Le Mange-Grenouille and no, we didn't eat frog. I don't remember seeing it on the menu, just on the name.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historical, pretty, lovely location, great scenery nearby
  • Cons:The chateau isn't open to the public
  • In a nutshell:The frescoes in the church are worth the visit.
  • Last visit to Saint-Aignan: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    I can't believe no-one else has mentioned it. There is a really nice zoo nearby. I'd think people traveling with kids would love it.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Thanks for posting VT's first page on this pleasant-looking town.


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