Appeville Church

Appeville, France

Eglise Saint-Etienne d'Appeville was formerly dependent on the Abbey of Lessay. It is noted for the its solid style and the uniformity of its construction. It was built in the beginning of the 13th century and is almost unaltered, a nearly perfect expression of Cotentin rural Gothic art. At its centre, a square tower forming the lantern tower and bell tower, topped by a slender spire. Single nave, choir with shallow chevet, prominent transept, sexpartite vaults, 15th century porch.

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

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www.ot-carentan.fr

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Sophie Duterte (2 years ago)
Magnificent and majestic church classified historic monument since the 50s.
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