Discover the jewels of the Loire Valley sculpted in the limestone
Located in Saumur, " Stone and Light Is certainly the prettiest miniature park in the world.
In a dream underground setting, the most beautiful churches, cities, villages et Loire Valley castles are carved from soft tufa stone.
Each work is a hymn to the beauty and work of the builders.
The visit route made discover around twenty sculpted places down to the smallest details, sometimes directly in the wall, by the artist Philippe Cormand. It is, for all audiences, an educational and artistic walk, another look at the architectural heritage ofAnjou and Touraine.
Chapel and tower of Trier
It is one of the most charming and characteristic sites in the Loire Valley.
The keep is the only part that remains of a castle that has disappeared today.
Castle of Montsoreau
Castle carved from a giant block of 5 tonnes.
Feudal fortress having evolved into a Renaissance-style pleasure residence.
Church of Chênehutte
Monobloc sculpture made at 1/30e.
The church of Saint Denis, with a twisted bell tower, is a beautiful monument of Angevin architecture known as "Plantagenêt", renowned for its exceptional frescoes and polychrome interior paintings.
Panorama City of Chinon
Panoramic sculpture in the round, view of the Doutre, 4 meters opening.
Saint Maurice Cathedral was built in the second half of the 12e century.
Village of Vieil-Baugé
It is a set of 12 tonnes, the technical feat was to realize the twisted bell tower.
The Baugeois has 6 churches with a twisted bell tower grouped around the town of Baugé.
Panorama of the city of Saumur
It is the bas relief most appreciated by visitors, it is 12 meters long and 2 meters high. Water comes naturally from the water table.
Monobloc sculpture of 5 tonnes and 2,2 meters in height.
Everything was sculpted using dentist tools. The visitors tell us all: "It's lace, the central rose window is wonderful!"
Cloister of Fontevraud Abbey
Sculpture made in the wall, 10 tonnes extracted over 2 meters deep, 2 months of work. The cloister in the center of the monastery is made up of a central garden and four galleries forming an enclosed space. This place of silence, suitable for walking, is also a place of prayer, its architecture allowing you to look up to the sky.
Discover the secrets of the sculptor ...
Young and old will be able to exchange around a treasure hunt both entertaining and educational. A lot of observation, a little reflection to discover the hidden secrets in limestone by sculptor Philippe Cormand.