Church Ervy le Chatel

To visit the churches of Aube is to discover and explore the richness of the cultural heritage of the region. Ici, les églises se suivent mais ne se ressemblent pas. Chacune possède a distinctive architectural style which has been able to cross the ages and shape History. But it is impossible to talk about the churches of Troyes and Aube without mentioning statuary or stained glass. This art, which some still practice with passion and rigour, has made Aube en Champagne the European capital of stained glass: just that, please!

Would you like a guided tour of the Champagne region? Let’s go!

How about a trip along the Stained Glass Route?

As the European capital of stained glass (it cannot be repeated often enough), the department of Aube was keen to honour this status by creating, for you, the Stained Glass Route. It is a tourist circuit including no less than 65 religious or civil buildings who, each in their own way, sublimate the art of stained glass in all its forms. Visit the churches of Aube (from the imposing Cathedral of Troyes, to the astonishing church of Aulnay for example), admire the play of light, and go on a journey in the footsteps of the stained glass windows of Champagne!

And because we live with the times, we have created awebapplication just for you, here on smartphone or tablet, to guide you on your journey. We are either professionals or we are not!

Webapp Stained-glass road
Church of Saint Madeleine

The history of Troyes, through its stained glass windows

Did you know that Aube is the European capital of stained glass, by the way? The abundance of its windows, coupled with their quality,has turned the region (and in particular the city of Troyes) into a real illustrated book, each page of which is turned with delight and wonder. The stained glass windows have thus written, in their own way, the history of Troyes.

This abundance, this aestheticism, this art, which catches the eye and sublimates the churches of TroyesThe city owes them to one man in particular: Linard Gonthier. Does the name not ring a bell? He was a stained glass craftsman, mastering the art of stained glass to perfection, having worked on the Saint-Pierre Saint-Paulde Troyes Cathedral.

“1 day, 1 church”: Visit the churches of Troyes and Aube in good company

Visiting the churches of Troyes and the Aube is a good thing. Let yourself be guided by a passionate volunteer, erudite and fond of anecdotesis better. As part of the “1 day, 1 church” programme, the volunteers of the Aube offer to accompany you on this tourist trip during the summer and to set off together to meet the rich heritage of the territory. They will guide you, advise you, inform you, share with you some well-kept secrets… and even allow you to visit some sites closed to the public!

Abig thank you to them, who work every summer to support and defend our heritage with such passion and elegance!

One day, a church
Church of Saint-Julien-l'Hospitalier-et-Saint-Blaise

Discovering timber-framed churches

The famous half-timbered houses and monuments of the region have built the reputation of Troyes and the Aube throughout the ages. Even today, this unique, imposing and highly distinctive architectural style is a tourist attraction.

The churches in the north-east of the Aube did not escape this technique due to the abundance of wood and the absence of quality stone. You can visit them, from Bailly-le-Franc to Lentilles, via Mathaux: here is the Route of the timber-framed churches ! Once again: either we are professionals or we are not! Once again: you are either professional or you are not. Point. Have a good trip!