Church of Saint-Pierre

Caen, France

The Church of Saint-Pierre (Église Saint-Pierre) was built in the early 13th and the construction continued until the 16th century. The spire was destroyed in 1944, and has since been rebuilt. The eastern apse of the church was built by Hector Sohier between 1518 and 1545. The interior choir and the exterior apse display an architecture that embodies the transition from Gothic to Renaissance.

Until around the mid 19th century, the eastern end of the church faced onto a canal that was then covered and replaced by a road. Various artists and engravers recorded this relation of the church to the canal; for instance, the Scottish painter David Roberts made several very similar views, one of which (dated to c.1830) is in Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Château de Caen.



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

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Haruna (15 months ago)
So beautiful! You can capture a nice photo of this church from Caen castle.
Léo Etlesbas (20 months ago)
This church that is just a stone's throw away from the castle of Caen is very nice!
Jan Hermsen (2 years ago)
Nice location
Jan Hermsen (2 years ago)
Nice location
Benedict Uy (2 years ago)
We stopped by Caen on the way back from Omaha for dinner. We passed the church which was beside the wall of the Caen castle. Half of the tower was lit with blue light, giving it an eerie look, almost like the light was leaking from inside the tower. It was interesting to look at while waiting at the stop lights. It is quite different from other churches at night. We didn't go in but it would have been interesting to see if the blue light was also used inside.
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