Collegiate Church of Saint-Vulfran

Abbeville, France

The Collegiate Church of Saint-Vulfran in Abbeville is built in a Flamboyant Gothic style. The construction of the church was started on 7 June 1488. From 31 August it was clear that funding would be an issue and thus the construction was ceased for some time. On 4 April 1520 Jean Crétel of Tours-en-Vimeu was commissioned to lead the work. The nave would be under construction until 1539. Construction resumed 120 years later when the choir was built in two years, from 1661 to 1663 in a more simplified style.

As the French Revolution took place, the church became a Temple of Reason and a feast was celebrated in honor of the Supreme Being on 8 June 1794. Catholic worship in the church resumed in 1803. The church was listed as a Monument historique in 1840.

The church was heavily damaged on 20 May 1940 by German bombings as part of the Battle of France in World War II. The restoration of the church was not completed until 1998.



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Founded: 1488
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in France

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Andreas Walder (2 years ago)
This is a really beautiful church where you can spend a few minutes in silence and enjoy the atmosphere.
C C (3 years ago)
Stunning gothic masterpiece.
Rob Mallett (4 years ago)
The stained glass windows are beautiful. Well worth a visit.
Jj Dn (4 years ago)
Due to war damage by bombardment in 1940, the interior and stained glass windows aren't overwhelming. The exterior still has a remarkable amount of details, statues etc. which you can marvel at for quite some time.
Gerben vd Vreede (4 years ago)
Church in Abbeville centre, hard to miss with a big stature.
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