Its stunning stained-glass windows
Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Collegiate Church displays three historical eras of stained-glass artwork:
- A Bay made up of Romanesque medallions in the northern chapel.
- A set of stained-glass windows in the aisles of the nave dating from the 16th century:
A – The legend of the Battle of Clavijo which is predominantly red and gold. This masterpiece is exceptionally signed by the artist Mathieu Bléville. It depicts certain scenes from Saint Jacques’ life who appears in Matamore’s comedy with his pilgrim’s hat.
B – The glorification of the Virgin Mary where we see the donors around her.
C – The nativity, displaying barrel makers from the city.
D – The deposition of the Cross. Here, blue and white stars emerge throughout the piece.
- Glazing was carried out during the significant restoration undertaken in the second half of the 19th century.
E – The Western Rose window, displaying the Redemption in the centre. Creating this masterpiece required an organ to be built on the sides so as not to obstruct the view and the light from the west.