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  • Church of St. Martins as seen from the Chateau.
    Church of St. Martins as seen from the...
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  • Tower of Church of St. Martins in the background.
    Tower of Church of St. Martins in the...
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  • Overviewing the picturesque village of Apremont.
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    Church of St. Martins – Overlooking the river Vie

    by Jerelis Written Dec 27, 2011

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    Overviewing the picturesque village of Apremont.

    The Church of St. Martins was built on a promontory of rock overlooking the river Vie in around the 12th century. In 1468 the nearby Chateau d'Apremont was bedie`sed by 3,000 Bretons who wanted to free the prisoners being held there. The siege was lifted once the prisoners were released, but the surrounding countryside as far as St. Gilles on the coast of the Vendee was completely devastated. The two surving landmarks were the Chateau d'Apremont and the beautiful Church of St. Martins. Of course we were very glad by that, because now we were able to visit the Church!

    Once we left the church we also stood still, because we had quite an awesome view at the countryside! We stood in the middle of the Bas Bocage on a rocky cliff side overviewing the river Vie and the picturesque village of Appremont. Without a doubt it was a superb panoramic view of the valley and surrounding countryside. So, once agina ... don't miss out on this chruch while you're in the village of Apremont!

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    Church of St. Martins – Lighting a candle.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 27, 2011

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    The altar inside Church of St. Martins.
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    Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Apremont Church we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists at that time. Either the bus / coach did not arrive yet or everybody was still having breakfast at their hotels. Whenever we visit a church or cathedral the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The sight of burning votive candles - real or electronic - is common in most Catholic cathedrals. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?

    According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball, the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. So for us lighting a candle is a way of extending our prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf our prayer is offered.

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    Church of St. Martins – A true landmark.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 27, 2011

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    Church of St. Martins as seen from the Chateau.
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    Our main goal on visiting the little village of Apremont was to see the Château. Its magnificent towers of this Apremont castle stand up proudly over a lovely and picturesque small town. Built on a rocky mound at the place of an ancient medieval fortress, the Renaissance castle overlooks the entire valley and its gardens are particularly pleasant. But when we were at the Château d’Apremont we also had a magnificent view at the Church of St. Martins. In advance we didn’t know that there was such a beautiful church in Apremont. But make no mistake about it … right at that point we had our mind set at visiting this church as well.

    We left the Chateau via the main gate and followed our way by foot to the Rue Louis XIII (street). While we were hiking we passed the village centre and saw some impressive mansions as well as quaint cottages. Finally we arrived at the steep steps carved into the rock face near the bridge lead up to the church with houses built into the cliffs. It was time to climb the huge stairs and make the last piece of walk towards the main entrance of the Church of St. Martins. Off we went!

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    Other strange place: the canal.

    by wandeljp Updated May 20, 2006

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    The canal bridge
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    The pic show you how the canal across the Allier river in Gimouille. Of course it is an old story now and only the holliday boats use it because the little size os the canal.The bridge from 1838 is 343 m long; This is the point where we live de Bourgogne and enter in the Berry. ( from the Nievre to the Cher departement)

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    Floodgate

    by wandeljp Written May 20, 2006

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    Floodgate

    Before you come into the town, on about 1 km there is a stange construction: A round foodgate.
    Last century the boats go from the canal into the allier river. There are any boards to explain it in different laguages.

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    The Allier River

    by wandeljp Written May 20, 2006

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    The Allier river.
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    We left Nevers along the loire but on 1 hour walk we leave the Loire for the Allier. Both river go on together to the atlantic ocean . Did you know that the Loire is the longest river of France.

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    Castle

    by wandeljp Written May 20, 2006

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    The castle

    At the end of the village, there is a magnificent Castle.
    It is a private castle. We can't visited it at this moment.

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