Les Andelys – Water into Wine?

Legend has it, that the workers who were digging the foundations for the Abbey  Of Sainte Clotilde complained they had nothing to drink.  The Queen prayed for water to be turned into wine, the Fountain of Sainte Clotilde flowed with wine.   Apparently, this “miracle” has never happened again.  I can understand that as I have tried many, many times over the years and it’s never happened for me.

Les Andelys lies in a tight bend of the Seine River.  The valley has been shaped by the river forming white cliffs.

Beneath the imposing Chateau Gaillard are the villages of Le Grand Andely and Le Petit Andely.  These two grew and merged into one – Les Andelys. Le Petit Andely was a fishing village on the Seine.  Le Grand Andely is further inland.


When the Chateau Gaillard was being built, a village was born on the banks of the Seine – Le Petit Andely.  In 1202 a Church was built for the 3,000 workers who were there for the building of the Chateau. This is the St Savior Church of Petit Andelys.


13th Century figure of Christ blessing the Church entrance

St. Savior Church of Petit-Andely has the shape of the Greek Cross on the outside.  It has a wooden porch that was added in the 15th Century. In the porch is a13th century figure of Christ blessing the Church entrance.

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The Wooden Porch

Inside, is a stunning example of gothic architecture.



The stunning Ceilings with the stained glass windows


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One of the finest organs in France


Le Grand Andely was a Roman City. There we visited the The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame: In the 12th Century was when building commenced on the foundations of the ancient abbey of Sainte Clotilde.


The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame


The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame


The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame – its impressive interior

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The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame – Stunning architecture and stained glass windows


Stunning stain glass windows


The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame


We then had some time to wander around this beautiful village on the Seine. We did some window shopping.  I found a shop with some stunning hand bags, made in France.  I kick myself now that I didn’t buy any.  Actually, didn’t buy a thing.  Could it be that this holiday was nearly over? Tomorrow we would be back in Paris and then within 2 days we would head back to Australia.



The courtyard of the Restaurant Les Saveurs du Liban – yes they are petrol bowers


A magnificent painting of the Chateau on a wall in the town





Timber homes



The river banks of the Seine

The walk back to the ship was via a beautiful grassy bank alongside the River Seine. Sigh – I could imagine myself sitting on the grass with some cheese and wine.  Don’t you?

Remember the Island in the previous post.  I have learnt a little bit more about it since I wrote that post.  Its called Île du Château Les Andelys or the Castle Island.  It was connected to La Petite Andelys  via a medieval bridge.



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The island with the small Chateau

What a beautiful day it was.  Have you ever been to Les Andelys?  Our tour director told us a few things about Les Andelys.  There is a bridge on the way to Chateau Gaillard and she said  that if you make a wish on the bridge it will come true.  We passed a Baseball Field on the way also.  She said these fields are rare in France.  Whether these things are true or not she was one of the best tour guides we had the whole trip.  An American who married a Frenchman and of course has lived now in France for over 30 years.

Tonight on board the ship will be our Farewell dinner and then tomorrow Paris.


21 thoughts on “Les Andelys – Water into Wine?

  1. I hope you had a wonderful evening.
    Thank you for sharing this, it’s fascinating to read more about the history and you have great photos.
    But… I don’t think much digging would have been done on bellies full of wine 😉
    The interior gothic design is beautiful and incredibly impressive, but I particularly like the exterior of the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame.
    The image of the Timber Homes reminds me of Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare homes!


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