St Peter's Church

Le Crotoy, France

St Peter's Church is a church in Le Crotoy, a coastal town at the Bay of the Somme river. The church is remarkable for its front tower built in the 13th century and its interior. An ancient map of Le Cotoy and it fortress can be found in the church along with an altarpiece depicting the life of St. Honoré who lived in the 15th century as well as ex voto ships.

The St Peter's Church was formerly called Notre Dame Church and was the parish church of Le Crotoy. This sailors' chapel, dedicated to St Peter, was located in the St Peter Street in Le Crotoy, on the spot were today the St Peter's church can be found. The old church, like the one in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, had two parallel aisles and was surrounded by the cemetery. The building was such a dilapidated state that in 1850 the mayor and the priest decided to rebuild it. Both ships were destroyed and only the front tower of the 13th century was preserved. The work was completed in February 1865.

The altarpiece dating back to the end of the 15th century was originally part of the Thuison abbey in Abbeville. During the French revolution in 1789 the altarpiece was sold, just like all other goods of the monastery, and bought by an antique dealer in Abbeville. In 1792 the abbot Delahaye, a refugee at his father in Le Crotoy, noticed the altar and the altarpiece at the antique dealer. Together with his father he purchased the altarpiece and offered it to the parish.

The figures depicted on the altarpiece are dressed in a fashion that was common for the end of the 14th century.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Gérard Fortrie (13 months ago)
ST PETER'S CHURCH The church of St Pierre, listed in the title of Historic Monuments since August 26, 2019, was called formerly Notre Dame, and was preserved during the fire of 1799 which ravaged the immense majority of the city. Its bell tower dates from the twelfth Property of Thuison Abbey in Abbeville, it was sold during the revolution and bought by a antique dealer. It is Abbé Delahaye who came take refuge in Le Crotoy, which he acquired and donated parish. The 11th century bell tower houses two 700 kg bells dating from the 17th century (1641 and 1643), castle period, both baptized . The current naves have been rebuilt in the 1860s by Coulombel, architect at Abbeville, by decision of the mayor and the parish priest the state of disrepair of the building. She took the word Saint Peter when the church Saint-Pierre surrounded of a cemetery, located rue St Pierre was destroyed. In the right nave. discover the representations of St Peter as well than ship models. suspended, ex-voto offered by sailors.
Andy Mercer (13 months ago)
Amazing place this, its like the Doctor Who Tardis, looks so small from the outside. But once your in its huge. The amount of details in the stained glass windows is amazing, the amount of architectural designs going on in this building is unbelievable, i enjoy coming into these churches in france for the sheer amazement of what they give us in details, but i do facour the churches in south of france than i do the North.
Daniel Gering (2 years ago)
Pretty church with lots of character. The architecture is interesting.
Au Drey (2 years ago)
A haven of peace and contemplation... As soon as you walk through the doors, you feel comfortable there, peaceful, as if enveloped by its soft light and its protective environment. Here an ode to sailors permeates the place and even without being directly concerned, one cannot remain indifferent to this benevolent atmosphere.
Plamen Popov (2 years ago)
Beautifully decorated church
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