The oldest church in Troyes, Sainte Madeleine dates from 1120, but was rebuilt in 1200 as a supreme example of Gothic architecture. It’s a beautiful church, its main claim to fame being the ornately carved stone rood screen used to keep the priest hidden away from the congregation. Added in the 16th century and one of the few left in France, the screen is remarkable for its ogee arches which hang over the nave unsupported. This is another church with incredible stained glass windows; look out particularly for the windows depicting the Passion and the Tree of Jesse.
When you leave the church, turn left and left again to get into the small, peaceful garden behind the church, planted with green shrubs and white flowers.
Practical InformationRue de la Madeleine
Open:May 2 to September 30, Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to noon, 2pm to 7pm, Sunday 2pm to 7pm.
October 1 to April 30, Tuesday to Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm