In anticipation of the opening of the Cité du Vitrail in Troyes in spring 2022, the Department of Aube is launching the Stained Glass Route: discover this circuit of the region’s stained glass masterpieces. The Stained Glass Route includes 65 civil or religious buildings to explore. Thanks to a web application, you can discover the art of ancient or contemporary stained glass, figurative or abstract, in town or in the countryside.
This selection takes into account the historical, technical and aesthetic interest of the works and their state of conservation. The Route also gives pride of place to contemporary creation which, in recent years, has been invited into churches (Villenauxe-La-Grande for example) as well as into public spaces (Maison Rachi, Aube Congress Centre, Cathedral car park in Troyes). Aube en Champagne is undoubtedly the European capital of stained glass, with almost ten centuries of stained glass history, from the 12th to the 21st century, works in more than 350 buildings, and an art that is still alive (more than 150 windows have been created in the last 20 years by prestigious workshops).
Face to face with the art of stained glass
The Stained Glass Route offers you a colourful experience in the heart of the remarkable buildings for which the stained glass windows were designed. This encounter with stained glass is monumental and bathed in light. In Aube, this collection, scattered throughout the region, offers a beautiful overview of the diversity of the art of stained glass, which you can find and study in depth at the Cité du Vitrail in Troyes, an exhibition centre, educational space, resource and study centre that will soon be added to the 65 buildings already listed on the Stained Glass Route.
The WebApp, your companion on the road
Find all the information on the Webapplication, accessible from the route-vitrail.fr website or as a free download on Smartphone. It offers a rich content (texts, photos, videos for each building) to help you discover the windows in each building. All the stained glass windows are presented, along with a few focuses on remarkable stained glass windows such as the Triumphs of Petrarch bay in the church of Ervy-le-Châtel. You will also find information on the master glassworkers, the workshops and the artists involved, not forgetting a historical and architectural description of the site.
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A small selection of the must-haves
The church of Sainte Madeleine in Troyes
The oldest church in Troyes, Sainte-Madeleine is known worldwide for its 16th century sculptures and its stained glass windows. You can see one of the rare stone rood screens preserved in France, the statue of Saint Martha and a remarkable stained glass window evoking the Creation of the world. The church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens inErvy-le-Châtel,Petite Cité de Caractère
The church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens, classified as a historic monument on 22 July 1914, will be reopened to the public in 2021 after two decades of work. Its stained glass windows date mainly from the 16th century. The church has a unique iconography which shows a very accomplished knowledge of religious texts. Some of the iconographic themes treated are particularly original: the stained glass window inspired by the Triumphs of the Italian poet Petrarch (1304-1374) is thus unique in France. Contemporary stained glass windows are mixed with the historical ones.
The church of Sainte-Agnès in Fontaine-les-Grès
The stained glass windows in the church were designed and installed at the time of its construction. In order to create a glazed decoration at a lower cost and in this singular architectural setting, Michel Marot opted for the use of an industrial material: wired corrugated glass produced by Saint-Gobain, used here for the first time in a religious context. Michel Marot’s objective was to rediscover the atmosphere created by the 16th century Champagne stained glass windows, painted in grisaille and in silver yellow. The characters and attributes appear in the form of stylised features
The Saint-Urbain basilica in Troyes
Dated 1270, the windows in the upper choir windows depict Prophets and Patriarchs. Dressed in bright colours, they have varied and lively poses. Their gestures are expressive and they seem to communicate with each other with a certain vehemence. Their style, with their wide “beaked” folds, evokes that of the stained glass windows in the right-hand bays of the choir of Troyes Cathedral, which were installed some thirty years earlier, and, beyond that, that of the “Saint Chéron” workshop in Chartres Cathedral. The borders contain the arms of the counts of Champagne and Navarre. The tympanum features scenes from the New Testament or the lives of saints.