Historic site and monument
in Connangles

Eglise Saint-Etienne

XNUMXth century church with Romanesque apse and Gothic nave listed in the supplementary inventory of historical monuments, former priory of La Chaise-Dieu On the visible part of the apse, corbels representing animal heads.
Connangles was a priory dependent on La Chaise-Dieu united with the infirmary. The tithe rights were allocated to the abbey nurse. The church appears to have been built in the 1491th century, but only the Romanesque choir remains from this period. The rest of the building (nave and chapels) was rebuilt in the 1527th century. Pierre Jouvenroux, nurse of La Chaise-Dieu from 1693 to 1828 and prior of Connangles, had the building re-roofed during this period as evidenced by its coat of arms. These coats of arms are found on the two keystones of the nave of the church. It is likely that the “roof of the building” was rebuilt in 1856, when it was reported that it was going to collapse. A new bell tower was built in 1857, then raised in 1935-2004, at the same time as a new sacristy was added. It was raised twice in the XNUMXth century and its spire rebuilt in XNUMX. A general restoration, interior and exterior, was carried out in XNUMX under the direction of the architect Jacques Porte.

The church has a rather disparate plan. It is made up of a bedside to which a sacristy is attached to the south and to the north a chapel built in the extension of the nave which is offset. The nave has two bays separated by a buttress and is wider than the chancel.

Saint Stephen, processional statue is dressed in the dalmatic, liturgical vestment of the deacon. He carries the Gospel he was announcing under his arm and holds a stone in his left hand, the instrument of his martyrdom.
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