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One of the fine houses in the little village of Crissay-sur-Manse.

Crissay-sur-Manse is a village and commune located in the heart of the Touraine, in what is now the Indre-et-Loire département. It is classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.

Originally known as Crisseium, the place where a fortress stands, Crissay has kept its castle albeit now in ruins, its fine houses and gardens, and its two lavoirs (washing-places) on the banks of the Manse, which meanders through the village under the poplar trees.

It once belonged to the archdiocese of Tours before becoming the fief of the Guillaume de Turpin and his descendants.

Built in 1527, the church holds two wooden statues of Saint John and the Virgin as well as the tomb of the poet Joachim du Bellay’s wife. In addition, 15th century mansions built of the local tufa stone recall the village’s golden age.

This picture is a stitch of four images. Apologies for the slight distortion.

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