Charles Bidault square, and St Christopher’s church

① You are on Charles Bidault square, next to the St Christopher’s church

The square was given the name Charles Bidault in march 1919 in the memory of a former mayor of Bléré who used to be a general councilor then a senator.

To go to stage ② → From the square, head towards Cher and take the first street on your left (rue Lucien Royné), then the street on your right (rue des Déportés). Very quickly, on your left, you’ll find a private property called Le Belvédère.


Charles Bidault square used to be at the heart of the town with its covered grain market. It was enlarged in the 19th century and although very altered, it stands witness to earlier buildings aligned to the mediaeval houses along the road on the east side and a unique timber-framed house to the west.

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The church was built on the site of the first 5th century edifice, destroyed by the Normans in 838 and then replaced by a new church dedicated to St Christophe.

Built in a variety of styles it resulted from the combination of two churches once separated by a lane. The oldest part of the church is to be found in the north aisle, its west spire dates from the 11th century. The choir stalls built during the 12th century and two chapels were built in the 15th and 16th centuries to the north of the nave. The southern aisle, originally dedicated to St Agnes and part of the second church, was altered in the 12th and 13th centuries. Pierre Bérard, lord of Bléré, had a funerary chapel built for himself and his wife in the lane between the two churches.

In this listed monument pieces of art from 17 to 19 centuries can be admired.

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Who built the funerary chapel ?
1Charles Bidault square and the church of St Christophe 13The Aigremonts mill
2Le Belvedere 14La Coursicauderie
3The Foundry 15A vine lodge
4The Bellevue bank and the bridge over the Cher 16Le Grand-Logis
5Les Crespières 17Bois-Ramé
6The Cher and its needle dams 18The Monks’ house
7Chapel de Seigne 19Paul Racault space
8The cooperative and the demarcation line 20Trade and Cooperative Diary Industry
9The cemetery and its noteworthy tombs 21The lime kilns
10Bois-Pataud 22La Grisolette
11Fief Gentil and the Culoison mill 23The Chateau of Fontenay and the house called ‘du passeur’
12La Courtille wash house 24Les Grandes-Fontaines