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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Maryse Boursier (11 months ago)
Attended the gospel very good time
Lucien Marie (16 months ago)
Very relaxing.
Emilie Bellenger (2 years ago)
This church is magical and it is beautiful. I baptized my daughter there.
Daniel Hardel (2 years ago)
Believer or not, this is a very beautiful church to visit. We really realize that Le Crotoy is a fishing port as the symbols present in this church are numerous. The nets which surround the nave, all the photos of the fishing vessels, the chapel of the Virgin, the numerous ex-votos in the form of suspended ships. This church gives food for thought about the hard profession of a fisherman.
Dorothy blinkhorn (3 years ago)
This beautiful church peaceful and calming which has a history of sailing and sailors that have been lost at sea plus there is a enrollment to the 1914/1918 and 1939/1945 men lost in war thank you for letting us in to your church and having your doors open ⛪??
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