Photographer's Note

Candes-st-Martin is a picturesque little town along the river Loire, between Saumur and Tours. It's renowned for its basilica where st Martin died. The window on the picture is the window of the chapel supposed to be built on the exact site where the saint died.
St Martin was a soldier of the Roman army, then converted to Christianism ; he became one of the most important figures in the evangelisation of Gaul.The legend according to which he cut his coat into two , when he was still a soldier, in order to share it with a pauper is well-known throughout France.
As the bishop of Tours, the saintly man used to travel a lot on his missions;When he was 82 and getting weak, the people of Candes called him on a supposed emergency, knowing that he might not be able to go back, due to his poor health. In fact, he soon died afterwards, and they were determined to keep his body and his relics, for the place to become a site of pilgrimage; but the people from Tours came to steal his body at night and brought it back to their city by boat.
For a long time, he was the only Patron Saint of France. 485 towns bear his name; it's also one of the most common surnames and first names.
As WS, I have added another view of the basilica and a stained glass window, representing The saint as Bishop of Tours.

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