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A view of the interior of the Collegiate Church of Saint Martin in the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, Indre et Loire département. The picture is a horizontal stitch of two images.

The church is reputed to stand on the place where Saint Martin of Tours died in 397. He had come to the area to convert the people and established the first church some years before he died. He was originally buried in his church at what was then known as the village of Candes. His remains now rest in Tours. Legend has it that the monks from Tours came by night to steal his body and carry it back to the cathedral in Tours.

The existing church dates from the 12th and 13th centuries; it was later fortified in the 15th century, making it one of the rare fortified churches of the Touraine. It is notable for its Plantagenet Gothic style and the many statues that decorate its façade, as well as the stained glass windows tracing the story of the relics of Saint Martin, including the 'theft' of the remains.

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